ISU soccer falls to Oklahoma, loses chance at postseason Big 12 play


Photo: Yanhua Huang/ Iowa State Daily

No. 27 Theresa Kucera, junior in kinesiology and health, serves the ball during the ISU soccer game against Oklahoma. The Cyclones lost their season closer to the Sooners 3-0 on Friday, Oct 26 at Cyclone Sports Complex.

Maddy Arnold

The ISU soccer team’s season all came down to its season finale.

Although Iowa State did not have complete control of its own destiny going into that last match, a win was required to play in the postseason. 

Iowa State (10-10, 1-7 Big 12) lost in a 3-0 shutout to Oklahoma (7-8-4, 3-3-2) on Friday, eliminating its chances at returning to the Big 12 tournament in Texas.

“We wanted to win tonight; we wanted to be in San Antonio next week, so that’s disappointing,” said senior defender Megan Longobardi. “It’s hard to believe that I played this game my whole life, and my career is over now.

“I’m excited for what this team is doing. I think they are going to come back great next year. We’ll leave a legacy.”

To make it into the postseason play, the Cyclones needed Texas Christian to lose or tie its final game and while also needing a win against Oklahoma. Although Baylor defeated TCU 2-0 on Friday, Iowa State couldn’t secure its postseason berth.

“The team is really disappointed,” said ISU coach Wendy Dillinger. “We had some good opportunities; we just didn’t convert [or] capitalize. I thought we played hard. [We] had a lot of heart, a lot of fight.”

Iowa State faced the Big 12 saves leader in senior goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire in the matchup against Oklahoma. She had four more saves to her total this season and the team accounted for an additional save.

“[Oklahoma was] physical, hard and executed,” Dillinger said. “That was the difference. They capitalized on their opportunities, and we didn’t. We didn’t find the back of the net. You can’t win if you don’t score.”

Iowa State has not made it to the Big 12 tournament since 2007. Tournament aside, the team agrees it has been improving.

“Ever since I’ve been here — since my freshman year — each year has been progress,” said junior midfielder Theresa Kucera. “So hopefully next year we get to see San Antonio and make a statement.”