ISU soccer to take on Creighton and Drake

The Iowa State soccer team carries a three-game winning streak into action this weekend as they travel to Des Moines to take on Creighton and Drake as part of the Bulldog Bash in Des Moines. Iowa State comes in with a 4-2-1 record and is ranked 13th in Central Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. ISU hooks up with the Jays on Friday at 3 p.m. and the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Creighton enters this weekend's matches with a 3-1-2 overall record while the Bulldogs carry a 1-5-0 mark. Cyclone head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said she has seen a lot from both teams, especially in the off-season and expects both games to be a battle.

"I have great respect for both programs," Hornbacher said. "I expect both teams to be ready to give us a fight to the end because they are both organized, talented and have good team speed."

Iowa State took the first two points of the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series on Sept. 7, defeating intrastate rival Iowa 2-1. The Cyclones scored early and often, getting goals from senior Amy Flores and sophomore Renee de St. Aubin in the first 20 minutes of the game and never looked back.

ISU improved on that effort this past weekend, pitching back-to-back home shutouts against South Dakota State (1-0) and Colorado College (2-0). De St. Aubin scored goals in both games and with both victories sophomore goalkeeper Joanna Haig notched her fourth shutout of the season and the sixth of her career. She now sits in third place in the Cyclone record books for shutouts in a career.

Hornbacher hopes to improve on her team's three-game winning streak but still knows there is a lot of work to do.

"It's really important that our team continues to focus on one game at a time and continue to improve in practice," Hornbacher said. "We've seen much more consistent play in the last three games. We need to continue to improve on many facets of our game."

De St. Aubin provided a huge lift in the ISU midfield and with her three-goal effort last week, was named to Soccer Buzz Magazine's Elite Team of the Week. She leads Iowa State in goals (3), points (6) and is tied for second in the Big 12 in game-winning goals (2)

"Renee is a smart player and she knows where she needs to be to put herself into position to score or get an assist," Hornbacher said. "We want to continue to encourage her to get involved and take shots. We can see what she can do when she gets her foot on it."

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