UC Davis held powerful Iowa to just one goal over the first 53 minutes but the No. 10 Hawkeyes benefitted from two penalty corner goals from Dani Hemeon while posting a 3-0 nonconference women's field hockey win at Stanford on Monday.
The Aggies, playing their third nationally ranked team in succession, fell to 3-3 overall while Iowa improved to 4-2. Sarah Drake scored the final goal for the Hawkeyes who also faced Stanford and Pacific on their west coast roadtrip.
UC Davis battled then No. 20 Northwestern tough for most of their matchup a week ago, forcing a tie with less than seven minutes remaining before falling 5-2. A similar defensive effort was evident against Iowa.
Iowa took an early lead when Hemeon slammed a penalty corner shot into the left side of the goal off assists from Geena Lisiak and Nike Schulthies in just the sixth minute. The Aggies, however, played tough in the circle, holding the Hawkeyes without a goal the remainder of the half despite being outshot 8-2 over the first 35 minutes.
UC Davis kept up the defensive pressure in the second half until another penalty corner goal by the same Hawkeyes trio gave them a crucial 2-0 lead with 17 minutes remaining. Sarah Drake's putback off a penalty corner shot by Iowa in the 69th minute provided the final difference.
"Today's gae was a positive step forward a positive step for us," said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. "We made some major adjustments after Drexek (6-0 loss) and really competed with a top-level program. I'm excited to go back and show the players the positives from this game to build on, and we are ready to make more adjustments as we head on a tough road trip."
UC Davis was only outshot 6-5 in the second half. Goalie Conley Craven finished with five saves for the Aggies while Kathleen McGraw had three for Iowa. Emily Mecke had two shots on goal to lead the UC Davis attack.
The Aggies will return to action on Friday, heading to the east coast and opening the trip against Sacred Heart.