Cyclones look for first conference win in final two home games of season

Dylan Montz

The ISU soccer team will try to carry the momentum it gained after a 2-0 win against Southeast Missouri State on Sunday into this weekend as the Cyclones take on Texas Tech on Friday and Kansas on Sunday.

The win against Southeast Missouri State was the first for the Cyclones (7-8-1, 0-5 Big 12) since league play began. Coach Wendy Dillinger said that getting the victory was very important for team confidence going into the remaining games.

“It was good to see [sophomore Emily] Goldstein score on Sunday and just to dominate that way,” Dillinger said. “We had 23 shots and to only give up five, I mean, that is what we have to do to win.”

Iowa State’s first opponent of the weekend will be the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a home match for the Cyclones. Texas Tech is coming into the game after beating Texas 3-2 in double overtime.

The win against Texas ended an 11-game winless streak for the Red Raiders against the Longhorns. Texas Tech’s last prior victory against Texas came on Oct. 8, 1999.

For Lubbock, Texas, native and ISU sophomore Jennifer Dominguez, the game against the Red Raiders has a little extra meaning.

“It is kind of like my little inner rival, being from Lubbock,” Dominguez said.

“I think it is always exciting to play against Tech and for me it would make the victory a little sweeter with it being against Tech. I know [Texas Tech freshman] Taylor Narvaiz, she was my high school teammate for two years, so it will be exciting to get to see her since she is one of my best friends.”

After Texas Tech comes Kansas on the schedule for Iowa State in a Sunday game in Ames. The Jayhawks are on a two-game win streak with victories against Creighton and Texas Tech and have a Big 12 Conference record of 2-3.

Dillinger said that for Iowa State to be successful, it will have to limit the costly mistakes it creates for itself and hopes the recent win will rejuvenate her squad.

“It just helps to dominate and to win and know that [the team that beat Southeast Missouri State] was the team that we were at the beginning of the season,” Dillinger said. “We still are that team. We are capable.”

The match against Texas Tech is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the Kansas match set to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be at the ISU Soccer Complex.