Women's Soccer Falls Short at Iowa
Melanie Pickert notched two goals on the day for the Hawkeyes, with Megan Ross netting the lone tally for the Broncos on the day. Michelle Watson made six saves in net but the Broncos (0-2-0) dropped their second-straight road game to open the season.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our effort today,” said head coach Nate Norman. “We were down 1-0 at the half and a lesser team would have quit. We battled back and got the equalizer and came very close to getting a result against a very good Iowa team. Unfortunately the ball didn’t bounce our way a couple of times and we came up short.”
Pickert gave Iowa a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute after scoring a direct free kick from outside the box. The Hawkeyes had outshot the Broncos 11-5 in the first half but the Broncos respond strong in the second.
Ross netted her second of the season to tie the game, 1-1, for WMU in the 70th minute. Nicole Hatcliffe fired a shot on net but the save was made by Iowa keeper Hannah Clark. The freshman was there to pounce on it and punched it in off the rebound.
Pickert netted the game winner just five minutes later in the 75th after slotting a shot into the corner of the net on a pass from Ashley Catrell.
Catrell added a penalty kick goal in the 81st minute to push the score to 3-1.
Western Michigan hosts Cleveland State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for its regular season home-opener at the WMU Soccer Complex.