ISU soccer rallies after dropping two straight


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No. 16 senior forward Jennifer Dominguez attacks the heart of the North Dakota defense during Iowa State’s 4-0 rout of North Dakota on Sept. 8 at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Dominguez scored a goal and had an assist as well.

Beau Berkley

A potent offensive attack propelled the ISU soccer team to a 4-0 victory against North Dakota on Sunday, ending a short two-game losing streak.

The Cyclones (4-2) came into Sunday’s game vs. North Dakota (0-6) after losing to Iowa 3-0 on Friday and Minnesota 1-0 on Sept. 1. However, Iowa State turned the tide against North Dakota, as the Cyclones were able to fire off 32 shots, the fifth most for a single game in program history.

“If we’d have come out against Iowa like we did today with the purpose of getting forward and adding to the attack, I think we’d have some different results,” said ISU coach Wendy Dillinger.

The teams traded possession durning the first four minutes of the first half, but then, freshman forward Koree Willer stepped up and broke the deadlock. Willer firing a shot from about 25 yards out and sliding the ball just over the extended reach of the North Dakota goalkeeper.

The Cyclones continued to hammer the wing throughout the remainder of the half, sending in cross after cross. Iowa State netted two goals in 34 seconds, just 33 minutes after Willer’s goal.

Hayley Womack capitalized off of Jennifer Dominguez’s low, dribbling cross after it took a deflection off the hands of the North Dakota keeper. Womack returned the favor as she set Dominguez up with a close range volley, putting the Cyclones up by three just before the end of the first half.

“I think me and Hayley were just ready to play,” Dominguez said. “We left some unfinished business on the field Friday, and I think that both of us wanted to go in and make an impact, so that’s what we did.”

Working the ball into the center from the outside and distributing the ball is something that the coaches have been stressing to the team.

“We haven’t been utilizing the width of the field as much as we need to be and that was something we emphasized,” Dillinger said. “You look at a lot of goals that get scored in a college game and they’re coming from crosses into the box, so using our speed to get down those flanks and get service into the box is what creates those goals. “

The relentless offensive attack did not stop there. Just moments after the whistle blew to signify the beginning of the second half, Susie Potterveld hit a shot from 20 yards out, increasing the lead to 4.

Potterveld’s goal would be the final point for the Cyclones, but the team continued to open up on North Dakota’s keeper. Fourteen of the 32 shots taken by the Cyclones ended up on frame, which is in stark contrast from the last two matches that saw the Cyclones shoot a combined 13 shots with only four ending up on goal.

“We took shots and I think that’s something coming off of Friday night that was harped on was that we didn’t take shots, and we were in that final third of the field a lot of the time, but we didn’t take shots,” Dominguez said.

Iowa State’s next match is Thursday when the team travels to Santa Clara, Calif., to take on the Broncos.