Amy Flores scored a goal for the sixth time in seven games, but it was not enough as Iowa State fell, 2-1 to Texas at the ISU Soccer Complex. Iowa State had a chance to tie with 11 minutes remaining, but UT goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger made a remarkable save on a shot from Cyclone Erin Witte that looked destined for the top-right corner of the net. Pfenniger took a perfect line to the ball, sticking her left hand out to flick the ball just over the crossbar, preserving the Texas win.
"We executed our
game plan [Friday] night and we were very dangerous in the second half,"
IowaState head coach Rebecca
Hornbacher said. "It was a tough loss for us because we really battled in the
second half. Who knows what would have happened if we just had a few more
minutes. Her (Pfenninger) save on Witte's shot was one of the better saves I
have ever seen."
Texas out-shot ISU 14-3
in the first half, with most of their shots coming from long distance. The
Longhorns struck first, taking a 1-0 lead just 15 seconds before half as
Texas' leading scorer,
sophomore Caitlin Kennedy, took a feed from Kelsey Carpenter at the top of the
8-yard box and put the ball just under the outstretched arms of a diving Joanna
The Cyclones came
out firing in the second period, out-shooting the Longhorns 10-8. But in the
62nd minute, one of
Texas' long-range shot
attempts hit the back of the net as Ashley Foster bombed a shot from just
outside the 18-yard box just below the crossbar for a 2-0 lead.
Flores came calling just
two minutes later, scoring her eighth goal of the season off a cross from
sophomore Erin Witte. The Sacramento,
Calif., native took
Witte's pass inside the 8-yard box, took two dribbles right and fired it past
Pfenninger into the left corner. Coming into the match,
Flores led the Big 12 with
five goals in conference-only games. Witte's assist was her third of the season,
tying her for the team-lead in assists for the season.
IowaState entered the match
in a first-place tie with
Kansas, all who entered
Friday's matches with 10 points. The Cyclones tie for conference supremacy is
the first time in school history that an ISU team has had at least a share for
The Cyclones drop to
8-5-3 on the season and
3-3-1 in the Big 12 while
Texas improves to
7-6-1 overall and
4-3-0 in the conference.
IowaState gets the rest of
the week off before hosting
Oklahoma on Friday at
and Sunday at
at the ISU Soccer