ST. LOUIS – The University of Iowa football team defeated No. 21 Saint Louis, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.
A first-half goal from rookie Kenzie Roling made the difference in a shutout victory for the Hawkeyes. Roling scored in last Thursday's season opener against DePaul, and also found the net in each of Iowa's two preseason shows.
The Hawkeyes outshot the Billikens 13-9 while allowing just one Saint Louis shot on goal, which was stopped by goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm. Along with Wilhelm, four Hawkeye position players played the entirety of Sunday's game (Sara Wheaton, Aleisha Ganief, Samantha Cary, and Rielee Fetty).
"Winning on Sunday is always a difficult task at this level, but it makes it more challenging to play in a very successful program like Saint Louis," said Iowa head coach Dave DiIanni. “We talk a lot about trying to dictate the pace of the game, the need to choose when to slow it down and when to speed it up. I couldn't have asked my team to do anything else today.
“Kenzie has a knack for putting herself in goal scoring position, and our team understands that and has helped her through that process. Getting a goal early today was critical, both teams were dealing with low numbers and humidity. Our six back players were amazing today. One game doesn't make a season, but it's good to win for our program. "
Iowa returns home next Thursday to kick off the annual Cy-Hawk Series against Iowa State. The Hawkeyes will host the Cyclones in the Iowa Soccer Complex at 6 pm (CONNECTICUT) Entry to all home games is free and the contest will be broadcast live on BTN.