ISU soccer looks for consistency heading into the weekend


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Junior midfielder Haley Albert heads the ball during the Cy-Hawk series game against Iowa on Sept. 5. The Cyclones defeated the Hawkeyes 2-1.

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Consistency, a strong start and playing an entire 90 minutes is the ISU women’s soccer team’s focus heading into the Drake game.

The Cyclones showed signs of their best soccer last weekend against Northern Colorado and Denver, and now Iowa State wants to put it all together.

“UNC and DU were tales of two halves,” said head coach Tony Minatta. “We want to put two halves together and play consistently through 90 minutes both games.”

Minatta said Iowa State played some of its best soccer in the first 25 to 30 minutes of the Northern Colorado game, as well as the last 30 to 35 minutes of the Denver game. The Cyclones want to meet that level of play against Drake.

Along with consistency, Minatta would like to see better game management from the Cyclones.

“We were up 1-0 against DU and we were whacking the ball into their half of the field where we really don’t need to,” Minatta said. “We could play more possession, keep the ball, get them chasing and that’s going to benefit us going forward — to be able to hold leads and just manage games better when we have a lead.”

Sophomore Koree Willer is a big reason why Iowa State has had those leads. She has scored a goal in three straight games and she said to continue their success as a team, the Cyclones must remove the “slipups.”

“I think we just can’t have any slipups in the games — competing the whole 90 minutes — because we’re capable of Big 12 Conference and tournament play,” Willer said. “I think fixing the little things that need to be fixed is important because I think we can get there.”

Iowa State’s goal is to win both games this weekend against Drake and South Dakota State.

“Two wins is the goal, for sure,” Willer said. “There’s no reason we shouldn’t. Two wins and I would say two shutouts.”

Iowa State will take on the Drake Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at 1 p.m. Sept. 21. Both games will be at the Cyclone Sports Complex.