First-Place Cyclones Set To Take On Texas

The Iowa State Soccer team, who currently sits tied for Big 12 Conference supremacy for the first time in school history, take on the Texas Longhorns on Friday at 7 p.m. at the ISU Soccer Complex.

"We all have high expectations are working to set the standard that we can achieve more than we have in years past," Iowa State head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said.  "It is all about everyone being on the same page, believing in what we need to do to be successful and then getting it done on game day."

The Cyclones (
8-4-3, 3-2-1 Big 12) defeated then-No. 18 Texas A&M last Friday in College Station, 1-0, making it the first time in school history (11 tries) that ISU has come away with a win against the Aggies. Stephanie Kaphingst's header with 12 seconds left in regulation sealed the Cyclones' dramatic finish. Iowa State finished off the road-trip with a 2-1 setback at Baylor, but being tied with Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas for the conference lead with four games to play gives Iowa State a chance to possibly play for their first-ever regular season conference championship.

"It is imperative that we continue to focus on the things that have helped us be successful as a team to this point," Hornbacher said.  "Each and every game in front of us is going to be a battle.  This is a very competitive conference and we need to work hard to get points in the standings with each game we play. "

Senior Amy Flores is
Iowa State's leader offensively as she leads the Big 12 with five goals in conference games. Her seven goals on the season are a team-high and the Sacramento, Calif., native has five goals in the last four games.  

Joanna Haig continues to anchor the Cyclone defense as she recorded a season-high 12 saves in the win over A&M. The sophomore is third in the conference in save percentage (.820), second in saves per game (4.87) and saves (73). Her 38 saves in conference games lead the Big 12.

Texas, 6-6-1, 3-3-0 in the Big 12, started out 0-2 in conference play, but has won three of its last four games, including a 6-0 rout over Texas Tech last Sunday. The Longhorns are the only conference team other than
Iowa State to defeat Texas A&M as they defeated then-No. 13 Aggies, 2-1 on Oct. 2 in Austin.

Texas is led offensively by sophomore Caitlin Kennedy, who has four goals and one assist for a team-leading nine points.

"We expect a battle," Hornbacher said.  "
Texas is a very talented team, with great technical and physical speed.  They will be organized and dangerous.  We have to shut down their offensive threats, and continue to create opportunities in our attack. "

Texas defeated Iowa State 1-0 in overtime in last year's match in Austin. Haig made a career-high 14 saves in the loss.

Iowa State is 1-10 in program history vs. Texas, that win coming back on Oct. 1, 1999 in Austin (3-0).

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