Soccer loses two more

Sarah Ruth

The ISU soccer team had a dissapointing end to the regular season with losses to the University of Nebraska and the University of Illinois.

The Cyclones played its home finale Friday with Nebraska.

Iowa State fell to the No. 3 Huskers in a 2-0 loss. Nebraska sophomore forward Christine Latham scored two goals against the Cyclones, and the Huskers added their 13th shutout of the season.

The first goal for the Huskers came at the eight-minute mark when Breanna Boyd sent a corner kick to the middle where it was deflected and put through the net by Christine Latham.

Latham scored once again at the 64-minute mark on an assist from Meghan Anderson and Becky Preston.

With the assist, Anderson boosted her season point total to 32. With her fifth multiple-goal game of the season, Latham upped her conference lead to 20 goals and 47 points. For the match, Nebraska outshot the Cyclones, 21-5.

“We had more composure and played hard and strong against Nebraska,” said ISU Soccer Coach Stephanie Gabbert. “We held them, but unfortunately both goals came off of free kicks. We were strong enough to play with them, whereas other teams have not been able to do that.”

ISU freshman goalkeeper, Elizabeth Chapman, tied her career high for saves with seven.

Nebraska’s senior goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc lowered her conference-leading goals-against average to .40 and has now posted 11 and a half shutouts this season.

“Our team played well against Nebraska,” Gabbert said.

The loss to Nebraska also put the Cyclones out of Big 12 Conference Tournament play.

“Just knowing that we wouldn’t be competing in the Big 12 Tournament effected the girls most,” Gabbert said.

With the win, Nebraska finished the regular season 18-1-0 overall and 9-1 in the Big 12 conference. With the loss, Iowa State would fall to 7-9-2 and 3-6-1 in Big 12 play and would travel to the University of Illinois for its final game of the season.

Iowa State lost to Illinois, 6-1 in their final game of the regular season.

The only goal scored in the first half was by Colleen Joyce.

Joyce scored her eighth goal of the season at the 19-minute mark.

The Cyclones would not score until the 50 minute mark when Annie Henley put Iowa State on the board. For the sophomore, it was her first goal of the season. Joyce would score again at the 58-minute mark on an assist by Lisa Baldwin and Lindsay Johnson. Laura Freeman scored her fourth goal for the season at the 79-minute mark.

The Fighting Illini outshot their opponents for the 16th time in 18 games.

The Illini increased their overall record to 12-6.

The Cyclones finish out their season overall with a record of 7-10-2, and placed ninth in the Big 12 conference play with a record of 3-6-1.

“Illinois is a very good team; they’re very fast and strong,” Gabbert said. “It was a tough game for us to play, and they came right after us.”