Soccer Clinches Big 12 Tournament Spot

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," Iowa State 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
Iowa State'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 history.

Iowa State 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."

The Cyclones, who used three long range goals to defeat
Oklahoma State on Friday, continued to bomb away, getting two goals from outside to seal the victory.

Sophomore Beth 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, respectively.

Iowa State 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 Oklahoma State 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."

Iowa State now has 22 goals in Big 12 play this season, the most any Cyclone team has ever scored in 10 years of soccer.

With the win, ISU travels to
Lincoln, Neb., on Friday for a 4 p.m. 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 spot.

"We found our forwards feet and did an excellent job of taking accurate shots from long range,"
Iowa State head coach Rebecca Hornbacher said. "Once we got the equalizer, we knew we could be dangerous offensively."

Iowa State 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 conference games.

"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 Week.

Iowa State 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.

The Cyclones out-shot
Oklahoma State 19-6 for the match. The 19 goals are the most for an ISU team this season in conference play. Iowa State improves to 9-5-3 overall and 4-3-1 in the Big 12.

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