Iowa soccer team tops Michigan State 1-0

The Iowa soccer team won its fourth Big Ten match of the season in a 1-0 shutout of Michigan State on Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.

Melanie Pickert scored her fifth goal of the 2014 campaign in the 52nd minute when Corey Burns assisted to Pickert, who headed the ball into the upper left corner of the net to give the Hawkeyes (9-3, 4-2 Big Ten) a 1-0 advantage.

Michigan State (6-5-1, 0-5-1) fired off just 11 shots — compared to Iowa’s 22 — as goalie Hannah Clark recorded her fifth shutout. Clark is now the school leader in career shutouts with 16. The Hawkeyes have not allowed a goal in all four of their conference victories.

Cloe Lacasse led in shots for Iowa with nine, followed by Bri Toelle with four and Pickert with three.

“Today was such an important game for our team and this program,” Iowa coach Dave DiIanni said. “It was an opportunity for us to show some resiliency and character as individuals and as a team.

“Michigan State is a tough team to play, with the athleticism they have up front. It puts so much pressure on your back line. Our team did a good job of weathering the early storm in the first half and controlling a bit more tempo within the game with better possessions and limiting the quick striking ability of the Spartans.”

Iowa returns to action at 1 p.m. Sunday against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.