Cyclones win opening games as Goldstein shines

Dan Cole

The ISU soccer team won both of its games in Omaha this past weekend, defeating the University of Nebraska-Omaha 4-0 on Friday and Creighton 1-0 on Sunday. The Cyclones (2-0) outshot the two opponents by a combined total of 42-15 during the weekend.

Sunday’s victory was an exciting one for the Cyclones, as they defeated Creighton (0-0-1) 1-0 in overtime. ISU junior Emily Goldstein buried the game-winning goal 91 seconds into the overtime period.

Goldstein is off to an impressive start for Iowa State, recording two goals and an assist through Iowa State’s first two games. She was named to the National Team of the Week on Monday.

“Creighton is a very good team. They’re athletic, dangerous, dynamic,” said ISU coach Wendy Dillinger. “To be able to weather that storm then come out right after kickoff in overtime and score I think is big for us. That’s not something that we’ve done before.”

Iowa State has not lost its season-opening game since 2008, a trend that continued on Friday as the team outshot Nebraska-Omaha by an 18-1 tally. Every player on the Cyclone roster saw playing time in Friday’s game, with four different players netting goals.

After a somewhat slow start, ISU senior Megan Longobardi scored the first goal of the season for the Cyclones 24:27 into the match.

Goldstein would follow with a goal of her own just 19 seconds later, swinging the momentum sharply in Iowa State’s favor. Junior Jennifer Dominguez and sophomore Julia Adler would both add goals of their own in the second half.

“It was nice to see four different people score goals,” Dillinger said. “It’s good for us to get a chance to see everybody play in the game setting. It’s not often you get that opportunity.”

Junior goalkeeper Maddie Jobe picked up the victory in both games for the Cyclones, making a total of six saves during the weekend, all of which came in Sunday’s game.

Iowa State’s defense has played well to start the season, having yet to concede a goal.

Despite this weekend’s success, Dillinger knows there is always room for improvement.

“There’s definitely some things that we need to clean up a little bit this week in training,” Dillinger said. “We had chances early in the game [Sunday] to finish. We had a couple players get in on breakaways that didn’t finish them. That’s something we have to fix. We have to score goals early.”

The Cyclones return to the pitch this weekend for the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., where they will face New Mexico on Friday and Virginia Tech on Sunday.