BUIES CREEK — The Campbell women’s soccer team’s record-setting season came to an end Tuesday afternoon at Eakes Athletics Complex with a 1-0 loss to Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Camels end the season with an 8-4-1 overall record after winning its first Big South title since 1993 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.
Iowa advances to the second round of the tournament with a 7-8-1 record, improving its win streak to five games after winning the Big Ten Tournament.
Sara Wheaton scored in the fourth minute on a corner kick set piece. Samantha Cary placed her corner kick to Wheaton on the far post. Wheaton took a low shot that deflected in for the score.
Campbell came close to an equalizer on several occasions throughout the match. One of the Camels’ best chances came in the 36th minute as Laney Peabody’s header forced Iowa’s Gianna Gourley to clear away the attempt on a team save.
Cameron Turner added another opportunity in the 55th minute as she connected on a header after receiving a volley from Emma Bushee.
The Camels tallied three more shots in the final 10 minutes but were unable to convert.
The Hawkeyes outshot Campbell, 12-8, with a 5-4 advantage for shots on goal. Campbell earned seven corners to Iowa’s six.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)