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.
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.
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."
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.
improved on that effort this past weekend, pitching back-to-back home shutouts
State (1-0) and
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.
hopes to improve on her team's three-game winning streak but still knows there
is a lot of work to do.
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."
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
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."