Cyclones Open Season With a Tie In Double-Overtime

The Iowa State women's soccer team settled for a hard-fought tie in the season opener against Mississippi State on Friday, taking 20 shots to MSU's 10. The Cyclones took six shots in the two extra frames as the ISU defense stifled the Lady Bulldogs, holding them to only one attempt.

Stephanie Kaphingst led the Cyclones with seven shots on goal, including two in the second overtime. Both senior forward Kristina Baumann and freshman forward Leslie Hill chipped in with three apiece. Preseason Big 12 all-conference honoree Joanna Haig recorded three saves as Iowa State attacked for a majority of the game.

"Our defense was solid tonight," head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said. "The team overall played very organized defensively. The level of play was outstanding and is definitely something to build upon."

ISU started out the game with a flurry of chances, taking three shots within a thirty-second span just outside the five minute mark.
Mississippi State returned, firing two long shots from the top of the box by senior midfielder Megan Odom and senior forward Betty Ann Casey. Casey came into the game as MSU's top returner from a year ago, recording four goals and six assists in 2004.

In the second frame, the Cyclones controlled the ball for most of the half, taking nine shots to the Lady Bulldogs three. Kaphingst had a good look to take the lead at the 80 minute mark, but her shot from 25 yards out hit the post.

"Stephanie played a phenomenal game tonight," Hornbacher said. "She was all over the field.  It was definitely the best game of her career. She and the team gave simply a blue-collar effort."

Iowa State concludes their road trip in Oxford, Miss. on Sunday, taking on the Mississippi Rebels at 1 p.m.

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