EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women's soccer fell to Iowa, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium.
MSU falls to 8-4-1 overall and 1-3-1 in Big Ten play, while Iowa improves 12-2-0 and 4-2-0 in conference games.
This was the Spartans first loss at home this season, as they now are 6-1-0 in East Lansing.
"Play in the box – you can't give up two corner kick goals at this level; it's that simple," MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. "The first one puts us behind; the game was fairly even at that point. You give up a corner kick goal at your home field, that's not acceptable. Then you give up the second one, when we're chasing the game in the second half was the difference in the game. We had plenty of chances going forward; you just can't concede those corners."
With a few injuries to the starting lineup, 10 Spartans had to come off the bench for significant playing time.
The Spartans best chance to get on the board came in the 14th minute, with midfielder Alexandra Thomas firing a shot from close range which was saved by Iowa goalkeeper Claire Graves.
Iowa got on the board first in the 18th minute and were able to keep their lead for the remainder of the game. Riley Whitaker found the head of Hannah Drkulec off a corner kick to put the Hawkeyes up 1-0 early in the first half.
The Hawkeyes went up 2-0 in the 30th minute of play, with Emma Tokuyama finding the ball in traffic in front of the net off a rebound from Gianna Gourley.
Senior Maddy VanDyke played all 90 minutes on the backline and came up with a huge team save late in the second half to prevent a Hawkeye goal.
Iowa scored their third of the game with Devin Burns getting a header past the Spartan net off a corner by Tokuyama in the 78th minute.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Lauren Kozal, who was coming off a career-high save performance at Minnesota, made six saves, including four in the second half.
"We just felt like we just had to keep subbing tired legs. They have good team speed and credit they're a very good team, no doubt about it. We just had to play better in critical moments," Saxton said "We have to own our mistakes today, regroup and get rested up. Have good training sessions before we head down to Illinois on Friday."
UP NEXT: Michigan State takes to the road for the last time this season for road matchups with Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 11 and at Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 13.