Soccer team loses to Texas, plays better second half


Defender Ashley Johnson runs for the ball during the game against Texas on Friday, Sept. 21, at the ISU Soccer Complex.

Maddy Arnold

After the second best start through 10 games in school history, the ISU soccer team started Big 12 play Friday with a loss to Texas.

Iowa State (7-4, 0-1 Big 12) lost 4-0 to Texas (4-6-1, 1-0), but all of those four goals came in the first half with three of them in a 15-minute span.

“The first half was not good,” said ISU coach Wendy Dillinger. “We have been talking about it that if we do not come out hard, somebody is going to stomp on us, and that is what happened in the first half.”

This season all of Iowa State’s seven wins came from the matches in which it scored the first goal.

“We have to come out with more intensity; it was there in the second half, and it was not there in the first half,” said junior forward Jennifer Dominguez. “We have to come out with more urgency to score. We did not do that in the first half, and Texas did.”

In the first half, the Cyclones gave up seven corner kicks and Texas took 10 shots on goal. In the second half, Iowa State gave up just one corner kick while allowing four shots on goal.

“It is not a coincidence that we gave up four goals and did not give up any in the second half,” Dillinger said. “We have to do a better job of just preventing corner kicks. … We did that the second half, and it was a different result.”

The Cyclones played the entire game without junior Maddie Jobe, their starting goalkeeper. Jobe injured her shoulder in the match against UW-Milwaukee on Sept. 16, and as of publishing, it is unknown when she will return.

“We missed [Jobe] back there, but we had full confidence in [sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Swanson],” said senior defender Megan Longobardi.

Iowa State will play South Dakota on Sunday before entering a stretch of four Big 12 teams.

“We need to figure out how to play the whole game the way we played the last 45 minutes,” Dillinger said. “If we can bottle that and bring it to every game, we are in business.”