The Iowa State soccer team completed a weekend sweep on Senior Day with a 3-0 shutout of Oklahoma at the ISU Soccer Complex on Sunday, clinching a spot in the Big 12 Tournament. With the win, Iowa State can do no worse than a No. 6 seed in the conference tournament, held Nov. 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas.
"Our team really rallied around
our seniors," IowaState head coach Rebecca Hornbacher
said. "We knew we could clinch a spot in the conference tournament with a win
today and we just kept coming after them. We did a great job of putting them
away in the second half."
All four of
IowaState's seniors, Kristina Baumann, Deb
Benakis, Amy Flores and Leslie Hansell all had a hand in the Cyclones' sixth
shutout of the season and their second in conference play. At 5-3-1 in the Big 12 (10-5-3 overall), ISU's 16 conference
points are the most in school
IowaState jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the
13th minute as Hansell and Baumann hooked up for the first goal of Hansell's
career. Hansell, making her first start of the season and just the fourth of her
career, took a cross from Baumann and headed the ball into the back right corner
of the net from just inside the 8-yard box. The assist was Baumann's second of
the weekend and her fourth of the season. She now has 16 assists, third on the
ISU all- time list.
"I'm so excited for Leslie that she had the
game-winning goal in the last game of her senior year," Hornbacher said. "She
made the most of her opportunity and her goal really ignited us."
Cyclones, who used three long range goals to defeat
OklahomaState on Friday, continued to bomb
away, getting two goals from outside to seal the victory.
Passman scored her first goal of the season in the 66th minute, launching a shot
from 30 yards out that just cleared the outstretched arms of Sooner goalkeeper
Jennifer Nichols. Freshman Meghan Smith countered just three minutes later, with
a perfectly-placed shot from the top of the 18-yard box for her third goal of
the season. Freshman Hannah Swanbom collected both assists on the second-half
goals, her first of the season,
IowaState out-shot OU 21-14 for the match,
including an 11-3 margin in the second half. The 21 shots were the most this
season in conference play, beating the 19 shots ISU took in its 4-1 win over
OklahomaState Friday night.
"We need to
continue to execute and continue to create scoring opportunities like we have
been," Hornbacher said. "Right now we are playing our best soccer of the season
and peaking at the right time."
IowaState now has 22 goals in Big 12 play
this season, the most any Cyclone team has ever scored in 10 years of
With the win, ISU travels to Lincoln, Neb., on Friday for a match
that will determine the Cyclones' seed in the Big 12 Tournament.
Cyclones Down Cowgirls With Three
Long-Distance Goals ISU scores the most goals in a
conference home game since 2002
The Iowa State soccer team used three
goals from outside the 18-yard box, scoring the most goals in a Big 12 home game
since 2002 to beat the Oklahoma State Cowgirls 4-1 at the ISU Soccer Complex
Friday. ISU entered the match in a three-way tie with OSU and
Nebraska for the eighth and final
"We found our forwards feet and did an excellent job of taking
accurate shots from long range," IowaState head coach Rebecca Hornbacher
said. "Once we got the equalizer, we knew we could be dangerous
IowaState fell behind early in the sixth
minute, 1-0, on Jesyca Rosholt's 12th goal of the season, but the Cyclones
countered just 12 minutes later. Sophomore Stephanie Kaphingst took a 30-yard
cross from sophomore Beth Passman and headed the ball into the back corner for
her fourth goal of the season. The assist was Passman's first of the season and
just the second of her career.
The Cyclones struck again just before half
as Renee de St. Aubin started the long-range barrage with a bomb over OSU
goalkeeper Jeanne Rankin from 20 yards out. Senior captain Kristina Baumann fed
de St. Aubin for her third assist of 2005, tying her for the team lead.
The goal was de St. Aubin's fifth of the season and her first in eight
"I was real proud of the way Renee stepped up and put
that one in from outside," Hornbacher said. "That just set the tone for the rest
of the team to do the same."
ISU continued to attack in the second half,
scoring again, this time from 25-yards out. Freshman Hannah Swanbom scored her
first career goal as she jockeyed the ball around looking to pass before
uncorking one over OSU goalkeeper Jeanne Rankin. Rankin, a junior, came into the
match as the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the
IowaState tacked on another goal with one
minute left in the match, as freshman Meghan Smith shot a rocket from 23 yards
out, hitting the crossbar and bouncing in for her second career goal.
Cyclones out-shot OklahomaState 19-6 for the match. The 19 goals
are the most for an ISU team this season in conference play.
IowaState improves to 9-5-3 overall and 4-3-1 in the Big 12.