The Iowa field hockey team defeated UC Davis 3-1 Thursday in Stanford, Calif.
Not even four minutes in to the match, Natalie Cafone scored off of an assist by Dani Hemeon to give Iowa (3-1) a 1-0 advantage. The seventh-ranked Hawkeyes outshot the Aggies 6-1 in the first period but yielded the lead at the 10-minute mark when UC Davis tied the score at one goal each.
In the second half, Iowa recorded a pair of unanswered goals and never looked back. Mallory Lefkowitz and Cafone scored back-to-back goals to stake out a 3-1 lead for the Hawkeyes, who finished 22-5 in shot attempts over UC Davis.
Cafone now leads the Big Ten with seven goals on 17 shots in four games this season.
• SOCCER: The Iowa soccer team shut out Illinois 2-0 in Iowa City to open Big Ten play. It was the Hawkeyes' first conference-opening win since 2007.
Melanie Pickert notched the first goal for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 1-0 Big Ten) in the 52nd minute, and they never relinquished the lead. Nicole Urban scored in the 59th minute to put Iowa up 2-0.
Urban's goal was assisted by Cloe Lacasse and Bri Toelle.
Pickert's goal was her fourth of the season, while Urban's was her first.
Despite not entering the score sheet, Illinois (5-2, 0-1) out-shot Iowa 11-9, with four of Illinois' shots on goal.
Goalie Hannah Clark made all four saves against the Illini offense.
"Our biggest thing has been consistency, and can we stay committed to the goal and the objectives of the game for 90 minutes," Iowa coach Dave DiIanni said. "That was key for us today."
• FOOTBALL: Jim Parker, the son of former University of Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, will serve as honorary captain when the Iowa football team hosts Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Jim Parker and his wife, Denise, reside in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with their children, Roxie, Jasmine and Bridgette. Jim is president and owner of Diama-Shield.
As an undergraduate at Michigan State, Jim served as a team manager, working close to his father while Norm was a Spartan assistant coach. Jim earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State and his JD degree from Wayne State.