Sports, Wednesday, March 17th

By: Nathan Bloechl — 

Women’s College Soccer: Wesleyan Falls to Westminster:

The Iowa Wesleyan women’s soccer team mustered just two shots as the Tigers fell to Westminster last night 2-0 in a SLIAC matchup.

The Blue Jays recorded 28 shots, including 19 on goal, as they evened their ledger at 1-1.

Freshman goalkeeper Kylie Mulhern was outstanding in net for the Tigers recording a match-high 16 saves.

The Wesleyan women fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

They’ll be off until next Tuesday now, when they take on the Gorloks of Webster University for an early 11:00 a.m. start.

That match will be played at Mediapolis High School.

Men’s College Soccer: Wesleyan Ties Blue Jays in Double OT:

Francisco Javier Saldana scored in the 17th minute of the first half, but Wesleyan’s attack was silenced after that, as the Tigers and Westminster played to a 1-1 draw last night at Mediapolis High School.

Saldana had a chance to win the game in the late stages on a penalty kick, but the junior missed and the game subsequently went to overtime where neither team could find their offensive footing.

The Blue Jays outshot Wesleyan 14-9.

Vicent Sanchis recorded eight saves in net for the Tigers, also saving a penalty kick shot attempt.

Now 2-0-1 ,the Tigers will be off until next Tuesday when they welcome in Webster for a matinee affair set for 1:00 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: Garza Becomes Two-Time AP First-Team All-American:

Iowa senior Luka Garza has become the first University of Iowa men’s basketball player to be voted first-team All-America by the Associated Press in consecutive seasons.

Garza received every vote, becoming the only unanimous selection by the 63-person media voting panel.

Joining Garza on the first team are Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois, Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Jared Butler of Baylor, and Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham.

Garza has led the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes to 21 victories this season, including wins in eight of their last 10 contests.

The D.C. native leads the nation in total points and 30-point games.

The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year averaged 21.9 points per game during the 20-game conference schedule, becoming just the third player since 1990 to lead the Big Ten in scoring in consecutive seasons.

No. 2 seed Iowa (21-8) will open NCAA Tournament play on Saturday against 15th-seeded Grand Canyon (17-6).

Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 5:25 p.m. in Indianapolis.

Men’s College Basketball: Pollard Speaks on Prohm Firing:

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard released a video statement on the firing of Cyclone basketball coach Steve Prohm.

Pollard fired Prohm Monday night after his sixth season at the helm in which Iowa State finished 2-22 overall and 0-18 in the Big 12.

Prohm led Iowa State to a pair of Big 12 Tournament titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. But the program slipped in recent years, posting three losing seasons in the last four years. Pollard says he met with Prohm several times over the past few weeks to discuss the future.

Overnight rumors have tabbed UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger has the favorite to replace Prohm.

Jared Stansbury of Cyclone Fanatic will join Beyond the Game Thursday night to discuss the move.