She's got net: Joanna Haig is a force in the net

Joanna Haig had six saves this past weekend in Iowa State's road trip to Mississippi.

Joanna Haig's career got off to a fast start at Iowa State; in her debut in a Cyclone uniform she grabbed eight saves against Arizona. That was just the beginning for Haig, who would go on to start 19 games in goal and rack up over 1,500 minutes in her rookie season.


Haig earned eight victories during the regular season, the most for a Cyclone goalkeeper since 1999. Her 1.39 goals-against average is second on Iowa State's single-season list.


With all of her successes Haig is happy to be in a familiar position this season on the ISU soccer squad.


"It's a fun thing to come back and not be a freshman," Haig said. "You're more experienced and your less nervous, you can settle in know your role from the beginning. You know what it felt like to be a freshman and want to help them along."


This year there are six new freshmen on this years' soccer squad and Haig said every one of them is adjusting well.


"We're really excited," she said. "The freshmen have come in and meshed really well. We're all getting along well and it's showing on and off the field."


This summer Haig had the opportunity to be a member of the under-20 national team pool.


"It was nice to see the top girls at the level that are my age," Haig said. You see that and you [implement] that when you come back. You see how they can play so now you expect more of yourself and your teammates. You demand more of everyone around you."


At soccer media day, a surprised Haig found out that she had been named a preseason all-Big 12 soccer selection by the league's coaches.


"That's a great honor to have but it doesn't mean anything until after the season," she said. "You have to prove yourself to the Big 12 and your teammates."

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