Head coach Rebecca Hornbacher believes the Cyclones (Soccer Buzz Magazine Central Region No. 13 and NSCAA Great Lakes Region No. 7) have put themselves in position to gain a conference tournament invitation.
"At this time, we need to look to play as a unit for long stretches of time and continue to create with numbers in the attack, "Hornbacher said. " We also eliminate small errors that good teams can capitalize on."
Senior forward Amy Flores continues to score goals for ISU, moving up in the Cyclone record books for each goal she scores. She leads the team with eight goals, six in the last seven games and leads the Big 12 with six goals in conference-only games.
"Amy has been very consistent," Hornbacher said. "She has a knack for putting herself in a position to score. She has done a great job of using her head literally and figuratively, but her play allows for other people to get into the attack because she looks to create as well."
Sophomore goalkeeper Joanna Haig anchors the Cyclone defense, as she is second in the Big 12 with 47 saves in conference play. In ISU's last match, a 2-1 setback vs.
"We will look to Joanna to be a leader in the net this weekend," Hornbacher said. "When she steps up her game or comes up with a great save, the team rallies behind her."
"These games are going to be a battle and I expect both teams to play more physical than we have seen all year," Hornbacher said. "We are all fighting for points in the standings and to secure a berth for post-season play. We all have something on the line and the good teams find a way to win."
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