Big 12 Coach of the Year

Flying under the radar screen of the big football win over Texas A&M and the excitement over the looming basketball season has been the breakthrough story of ISU women's soccer team. This week the Big 12 honored Coach Rebecca Hornbacher for these exploits by naming her Coach of the Year.

Iowa State soccer head coach Rebecca Hornbacher was named Big 12 Coach of the Year by her peers, conference officials announced on Monday. Sophomore goalkeeper Joanna Haig, who set a single-season record for shutouts with seven, was given second team honors. Haig was named to the preseason all-Big 12 team at the season's outset and was voted to the conference all-newcomer team as a freshman in 2004.

The honor was the first of its kind for a coach ever at Iowa State as well as the first for Hornbacher, who led her Cyclones to a school record tying 11-5-3 overall record. Her 2005 Cyclones finished the regular season with a program record 19 points in the Big 12 standings and a 6-3-1 mark to tie for second in the conference with three other teams (Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska). ISU scored 22 goals in conference play, also a school record, trailing only regular season conference champion Texas A&M in that department.

This season, she led Iowa State to its first-ever wins over Nebraska and Texas A&M, both of whom were rated in the NSCAA Top-25 at the time. The Cyclones were 0-19-1 combined vs. those schools prior to this season.

Hornbacher, a former Nebraska student-athlete, was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a goalkeeper in 1996 and 1997.

Sophomore goalkeeper Joanna Haig has been a wall in the net for ISU this season as she ended the regular season by tying or breaking virtually every school record. Haig set new single-season records for shutouts (7), goals-against-average (0.97), minutes (1763), and tied for first in wins with 11. The Inver Grove Heights, Minn., native's 19 career wins and nine career shutouts are tied for first and second, respectively on the ISU all-time list. Haig was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, allowing one goal in key wins over Oklahoma State (4-1) and Oklahoma (3-0) on Oct. 21 and 23, respectively.

Brittany Timko of Nebraska was given conference player of the year honors for the second consecutive season.

The Cyclones, who earned a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, will take on No. 6 seed Texas (10-7-1, 6-4-0 Big 12) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The No. 3 seed in the tournament is the best in 10 years of soccer Iowa State. ISU is 0-6-1 all-time at the conference tournament. Texas defeated the Cyclones 2-1 in their only other meeting back on Oct. 14 in Ames.

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