Seniors Hayley Womack, Alyssa Williamson step up, take lead in Cy-Hawk rivalry


Senior midfielder Alyssa Williamson scored the second ISU goal during the Cy-Hawk Series game against Iowa on Sept. 5, bringing Iowa State out on top. The Cyclones defeated the Hawkeyes 2-1.

Trey Alessio

Iowa State hadn’t beaten rival Iowa in women’s soccer since 2005, but in front of a record-breaking crowd, two seniors stepped up and led the Cyclones to a 2-1 victory.

The Hawkeyes took an early lead, going up 1-0 on Iowa State in the 24th minute. The rest of the first half remained a scoreless dogfight with physical play and an ISU yellow card.

The game took a turn during the 57th minute when senior Hayley Womack got an assist from junior Haley Albert and scored to tie the game up. When Womack scored, the record-breaking crowd of 2,090 went wild.

“I was taking it down line and I saw that the keeper was shifted toward the near post,” Womack said. “I saw the back post was open, so I was going to fly to the ball that way, and it was either going to go in the net or Koree [Willer], who was making a back post run, would’ve been there to finish it.”

With the game tied up and intensity at a high, senior Alyssa Williamson put the game away with the game-winning goal in the 75th minute.

“It was so surreal,” Williamson said. “I just got the ball, took it, touch, saw the net, hit it and it was just slow motion. It was awesome.”

Head coach Tony Minatta was impressed with the fight until the end.

“I was just impressed that we fought to the very end — 90 minutes,” Minatta said. “We went down 1-0, we didn’t let it affect us negatively, we just kept coming back and coming back and two seniors, who have been losing to Iowa for three straight years, put the team on their backs. Hayley Womack and Alyssa Williamson scored two incredible goals to get us the win, so it was just awesome.”

Minatta said the biggest take away from this game was the players setting their minds to achieve what they knew they could achieve.

“All week we’ve been talking about needing to bring energy and heart and just play with passion and you could see that from the start of the game,” Minatta said. “The biggest take away was that when we put our minds to something and want to achieve something, we can achieve it.”

The Cyclones took the first win of the Cy-Hawk rivalry series, breaking Iowa’s streak of 30 nonconference games without a loss.

“It’s awesome,” Williamson said. “This was obviously the first win against Iowa since I’ve been here and to do it in front of our home crowd, an attendance record, Friday night under the lights, it was just really awesome to go out that way and to hopefully show the younger girls what an awesome rivalry we have with them.”

After a “very emotional high,” the Cyclones turned around and headed to Fargo, N.D., to take on the North Dakota State Bison at 1 p.m. Sept. 7.