RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sophomore Samantha Tawharu's 38th-minute goal propelled the University of Iowa soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 14/16 North Carolina State on Friday afternoon at the Dail Soccer Field/Track Complex.
The victory is the third-highest ranked opponent the Hawkeyes have defeated in school history. Iowa improves to 5-0, its best start since 2013.
Late in the first half with the game scoreless, Tawharu capitalized off a cross from freshman Samantha Cary to give the Hawkeyes the only goal of the game.
Senior Claire Graves made two saves en route to her second shutout of the season and the 19th of her career.
"I am so happy with this team's performance against one of the top offensive teams in the country. We knew that to win on the road against them, it had to start with our defensive intensity and shape. We also had to be brave on the ball to try and open them up once we win it.
"I am appreciative of the team's combined efforts to follow the scouting report and withstand the momentum swings and emotions that come with playing such a highly-ranked team on the road. We will do our best to recover in the next 24 hours and turn our focus toward a good UNCG team."
- The goal was Tawharu's second of the season.
- The 14th-ranked Wolfpack are the third-highest ranked team Iowa has defeated in school history. Iowa topped No. 7 Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in 2013.
- Iowa's 5-0 start is the best start since 2013 when the Hawkeyes won their first eight games of the season.
- Iowa outshot NC State, 13-4.
- Six Hawkeyes played all 90 minutes in this contest: Isabella Blackman, Samantha Cary, Hannah Drkulec, Claire Graves, Sara Wheaton, and Riley Whitaker.
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday, facing UNC Greensboro at noon (CT). The game will be streamed online on ESPN+.