ISU soccer goes 1-0-1 over the weekend

The Cyclone soccer squad started off the weekend playing Missouri to a 1-1 tie on Friday night. Iowa State bounced back on Sunday afternoon and got out to an early lead against Kansas. The Cyclones came away with the 3-1 victory over the defending Big 12 co-champions.


Cyclones Get Two Early Goals to Knock-Off Kansas

Senior Amy Flores tallies her second and third goals of the weekend.

The Iowa State soccer team got two quick first half goals by senior Amy Flores and never looked back, defeating defending co-Big 12 champion Kansas, 3-1 at the ISU Soccer Complex on Sunday. KU was ranked No. 4 in the Central Region by the NSCAA.

The Cyclones improved to
6-3-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big 12.

"We knew it would be a 90 minute battle because
Kansas has great team speed and is real organized, but I am real proud of our players because they really stepped up," head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said. "We played phenomenal together and they did everything we as a coaching staff asked them to do. It is a huge win for us and I am really excited for our team."

Kansas began the match with two good scoring chances in the first minute, the Cyclones tallied two goals in their first two attempts. Amy Flores scored her fifth goal of the season as she headed the ball into the back right corner of the net off a cross from Jess Villhauer in the 13th minute. Villhauer's assist was her first point of the season.

Just 45-seconds later,
Flores put Iowa State up 2-0 after she headed a cross from sophomore Erin Witte just outside the 8-yard box into the top right corner of the net. Flores six goals on the season lead ISU.

Kansas had a chance to cut the lead in half in the 27th minute, but Caroline Smith's penalty kick was stopped by Haig and a KU rebound sailed high. Haig notched a game-high six saves in the match.

The Jayhawks got on the board in the 59th minute on Nicole Braman's first goal of the season, but it did not hold as the Cyclones struck again 12 minutes later.

Freshman Meghan Smith scored her first career goal, taking a shot from the just outside the 8-yard box and burying into the back of the net. Another freshman, Leslie Hill, was credited with the assist, also the first of her career. 

"We weren't content when we took our early lead," Hornbacher said. "We knew we needed to keep creating opportunities and continue to defend."

KU out-shot
Iowa State 12-4 in the first half and 21-12 for the match, but most of their shots were either taken from long distances.

The Cyclones hit the road on Friday and play at No. 14 Texas A&M, then Sunday at Baylor in a
1 p.m. matchup




Iowa State Battles Missouri to 1-1 Tie in Conference Home-Opener

Amy Flores heads-in fourth goal of the season

 In a physical match that saw 30 fouls and two yellow cards, conference rivals
Iowa State and Missouri battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at the ISU Soccer Complex on Friday.

"We created several chances tonight and continued to execute our game plan,"
Iowa State head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said. "We need to eliminate our small mistakes and continue to create opportunities to attack. If we can do that we'll get results that don't result in a tie."

The Cyclones got on the board first in the 54th minute as sophomore Stephanie Kaphingst took the ball from the back-right of the box and crossed to a streaking Amy Flores who headed the ball into the upper-left corner of the net.
Flores' goal was her fourth of the season and the 16th of her career, moving her into fourth place on the ISU all-time list. The assist was Kaphingst's first of the season.

Missouri had several near misses midway through the second half, including an Ashley Hamblin cross that was booted just before it hit the end line to a wide-open teammate. The ball was cleared as Cyclone defender Amanda Purple streaked in and headed it away.

The Tigers knotted the score at one apiece with 13 minutes left in regulation as Hamblin broke away from the ISU defense on the left side and beat Cyclone goalkeeper Joanna Haig and directed the ball into the right side of the net. Hamblin, a freshman and recent
Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School graduate, netted the second goal of her young career on the play. Both of Hamblin's goals have come in her home state of Iowa, as she netted a goal in MU's 5-0 win at Iowa back on Sept. 11.

Iowa State had a chance to put the game away shortly after, but freshman Meghan Smith's header off a cross from Kaphingst shot into the ground and was gobbled up by MU goalkeeper Laura Buehrig.

Missouri out-shot ISU 21-13 for the game and 7-2 in the extra frames but the Cyclone defense and Haig thwarted every Tiger chance in overtime. Haig, an Inver Grove Heights, Minn., native, picked up a game-high six saves on the evening. 

"Jo Haig played outstanding defensively and made some big saves for us," Hornbacher said. "We new
Missouri would come in here aggressive and she really stepped up."

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