Second Half Comeback Falls Short for ISU

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," Iowa State 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 Haig.


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.


Iowa State entered the match in a first-place tie with Nebraska, Oklahoma and 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 first place.


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.


Iowa State gets the rest of the week off before hosting Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the ISU Soccer Complex.


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