Sept. 22, 2013
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa Soccer Complex)
Score: #15 Michigan 2, Iowa 1
Records: U-M (7-1-0, 1-0-0 Big Ten), Iowa (8-1-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 27 -- vs. Wisconsin (U-M Soccer Stadium), 7 p.m. (Big Ten Digital Network)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team got goals from seniors Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) and Kayla Mannino (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Avondale) to knock off Iowa, 2-1, on Sunday (Sept. 22) at the Iowa Soccer Complex.
Play was even between both sides through the first 20 minutes until the Wolverines broke the scoreless tie in the 22nd minute. On a goal kick, freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield) launched the ball down field. Mannino and an Iowa player went up for the ball, which eventually bounced to the feet of Ezurike. She corralled the ball at her feet, turned to square up towards net and fired a shot from a little more than 20 yards out into the upper-right corner. It was one of two shots by the Wolverines in the opening 45 minutes.
Each team had one good scoring chance in the opening 11 minutes of the second half. In the 48th minute, Iowa forward Cloe Lacasse cut inside of the Michigan defense and put a shot on net that bounced off the crossbar. In the 56th minute, Michigan senior Shelby Chambers-Garcia (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) got the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, but her shot glanced off the post. The rebound popped out to Ezurike, who appeared to be taken down in the box, but there was no call by the referee, giving Iowa a goal kick and ending the scoring threat.
The Hawkeyes tied up the score in the 69th minute on a goal from Bri Toelle, who crossed the ball in from the left baseline that Bucklin got a piece of, but it went through the goalkeeper's hands and into the side net.
The Wolverines quickly answered off the restart in the 70th minute. After an Iowa foul, senior Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) sent a free kick into the box that was flicked on by Ezurike. Mannino beat an Iowa defender to the ball and volleyed a shot on goal from near the far baseline that went into the side netting to put Michigan back in front for good, 2-1, with 20 minutes to play. The Wolverines withstood a couple Iowa corners and set plays down the stretch to secure the victory.
Bucklin made two saves in the victory. Iowa held the edge in shots, 12-7.
The Wolverines return home for a quick two-match homestand, beginning Friday (Sept. 27) vs. nationally ranked Wisconsin. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and will be streamed online via the Big Ten Digital Network.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 21:35 (Kayla Mannino, Taylor Bucklin)
2nd -- Iowa, Bri Toelle, 68:20 (Ashley Catrell, Cloe Lacasse)
2nd -- U-M, Mannino, 69:19 (Shelina Zadorsky, Nkem Ezurike)
Shots: U-M 7, Iowa 12
Shots on Goal: U-M 4, Iowa 4
Saves: U-M 3 (Taylor Bucklin 2, Team 1), Iowa 2 (Hannah Clark)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, Iowa 4
Cards: Iowa, Alex Melin, 21:50 (yellow)
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423