CU looks to keep streak alive against Iowa State

The University of Colorado soccer team (9-1) will seek to extend its conference best seven game win streak when they host Iowa State (3-3-2) Sunday afternoon in Boulder. CU is coming off arguably its most impressive home win Friday afternoon in their conference opener against Missouri, making their way back from a 2-0 first half deficit to rally and score a trio of unanswered goals and claim the crucial victory.

Jen Thais scored the final of the three in the last five minutes of regulation to seal the win. Additionally Fran Munnelly, named CU student-athlete of the week for the second time this year at the end of last week, earned assists on two of the goals, including Thais' game winner. The Buffaloes bombarded their way back into the contest throughout the second half, out-shooting Missouri 10-3 on the period and 17-7 in the game.

Despite the win, Colorado was unable to maintain its program best 16th ranking in the country, slipping a spot to 17th in the NCAA women's collegiate poll. CU had maintained the ranking since they upset then ninth-ranked Denver University 3-0 on Sep. 6.

The Cyclones, meanwhile, enter Sunday's contest with a reputation similar to what their record might indicate; a team unable to close out the big game at a crucial time. Both of the team's overtime appearances came in nonconference road games following at least two goal losses the game before. Both games ended in a 1-1 tie following two overtime periods after Iowa State had scored late in regulation to force the extra play, and in both cases the Cyclones were unable to finish off decidedly lesser teams in Illinois State and Wisconsin.

In their most recent outing last Friday, Iowa State was thwarted 5-1 by Nebraska in both teams' Big 12 conference opener. The Lady Huskers scored three goals in the first frame and another pair in the second half, putting the game out of contention for the Cyclones throughout most of regulation. Offensively, State managed just four shots on goal during the contest, and saw the only goal scored by freshman Kate Kirwan in an unassisted effort in the 47th minute.

Following their Sunday matinee against Iowa State, CU begins one of their two-game conference road trips on the season, during which the Buffs will visit Texas Tech and Baylor next Friday and Sunday after a five day rest.

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