Nov. 20, 2008
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After waiting 22 hours to complete play of the NCAA second-round game in East Lansing,
the Iowa Hawkeyes (18-4) defeated Michigan State, 1-0, to advance to the NCAA Finals this
weekend in Louisville, Ky. Iowa, the fourth overall seed, will face off against top-seeded
Maryland (20-2) on Friday in a national semifinal. The match is slated for 5 p.m. EST at the
home of the Louisville Cardinals. The other semifinal will feature second-seeded Wake
Forest (21-3) versus third-seeded Syracuse (22-1). That match is set for 7:30 p.m. EST. The
national final will be played on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. EST.
In early round action last weekend, Iowa knocked off Louisville, 1-0, to advance to the second round of the
East Lansing, Mich., portion of the bracket. On the other side of the bracket, the No. 10 Michigan State
Spartans clashed with seventh-ranked North Carolina and upended the Tar Heels in a 3-2 battle, setting the
stage for an all Big Ten second-round contest. Iowa faced Michigan State on Sunday, meeting for the third
time this year. With a tied game at zero with 27:45 remaining in the second half, the game was delayed due
to inclement weather. Play resumed Monday at 11 a.m. EST. Iowa’s Sarah Pergine scored the game-winning
goal and sent the Hawkeyes to their 11th NCAA Finals appearance.
The reigning Big Ten champion Penn State was the third Big Ten team to make the field. The Nittany Lions
entered the NCAA Tournament with a 13-6 overall record. Penn State, ranked 11th in the STX/NFHCA
Coaches Poll, fell to No. 9 Princeton in the first round of competition, 2-0. It was PSU’s 16th NCAA appearance.