Cyclones Travel to Iowa City to Take on Hawks

The Iowa State soccer team will play their third Big Ten team in a row against in-state-rival Iowa on Wednesday in Iowa City at 6 p.m. The match will mark the first meeting between the schools in the 2005 Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State defeated Iowa 6-1 last year in Ames and has three wins and one draw in the last four years against Iowa.

Both teams enter the match with a 1-2-1 record. ISU went 1-1-0 during the inaugural Big 12 - Big Ten Challenge, defeating Purdue, 1-0 on Friday and falling to Indiana by the same score Sunday.  The Hawks hosted both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, going 0-1-1 in those games.

Cyclone head coach Rebecca Hornbacher spoke about the importance of the rivalry.

"This is a great rivalry in the state of
Iowa and our team is really proud to represent Iowa State," Hornbacher said.  "We know that Iowa is going to have a different look this year, they have a lot of newcomers and we don't know how they will react.  The result last year is completely irrelevant for us we know we have to be focused for the game because they will be up for us."

Sophomore forward Stephanie Kaphingst leads the Cyclones with one goal and 12 shots on the season. Freshmen Meghan Smith and Leslie Hill have both stepped up as both are tied for second with five shots, four of them on goal. Smith garnered the first point of her career, assisting Kaphingst with her game-winning goal against

Sophomore goalkeeper Joanna Haig, who was named preseason all-Big 12 at the season's outset, has recorded two shutouts, (at
Mississippi State, vs. Purdue), tying her for first in the Big 12.

"Newcomers are making an impact and there are a lot of players especially at defense that are stepping up," Hornbacher said.  "We are farther along in our development than we were last year, especially on defense."

The Cyclones are tied for fourth in the conference with a 0.71 goals-against average and are also tied for fourth in the Big 12 with only three goals allowed this season.

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