Cyclone soccer team falls at Colorado

Trevor Fisher

The Iowa State women’s soccer team dropped it’s second straight game Friday afternoon at the hands of the conference rival Colorado Buffaloes.

The loss marked the first time this season ISU has lost consecutive games, and both losses came in the Big 12.

“We came out a little flat, and we didn’t play particularly well for seventy minutes. We just didn’t execute under pressure, which was disappointing and very costly,” Coach Cathy Klein said.

The Buffaloes chalked up the only score of the first half in the 38th minute on a pass from Tiffany Booth to Susan Kiefer, who put it in for a score.

Colorado added to its lead in the 70th minute when Maris Dillman put a chip shot past Iowa State goalkeeper Lynley Hilligoss.

Hilligoss played the entire 90 minutes, making seven saves on the day.

ISU attempted a comeback late in the game when Erica Florez put a hard shot past Buffalo keeper Danielle Basset.

However, the Cyclones couldn’t score again to tie the game, and Colorado went on to win, 2-1.

“We outshot them, Florez was really dangerous, Antonigiovanni was dangerous, Rector was dangerous, we just have to do better next time,” Klein said.

Iowa State outshot the Buffaloes 26-18, but Colorado was able to put their shots in.

“They were very good shots,” Klein said of ISU’s shot selection. “For the last twenty minutes, we played very well. We were down 2-0, we made some substitutions. We were in on some breakaways three or four times the last minute and a half, so we had our chances.”

The win improved Colorado to 3-2 in the Big 12 Conference and 10-4 overall. ISU dropped to 2-3 in conference play, and 9-4 overall.

Iowa State will be back at at the ISU Soccer Complex this weekend for Parent’s Weekend with conference games Friday against Missouri.

a team Coach Klein considers to be one of the three toughest the Cyclones will play this season, and Sunday the Cyclones play their last home game when they face Kansas.

“Finally we’re at home, we’ve been on the road way too long. We have to put it together and get a victory,” Klein said of the tough weekend facing the Cyclones.

Friday’s game against the Missouri Tigers starts at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s game against the Kansas Jayhawks starts at 1 p.m.

ISU will honor its seniors at the Kansas game as well.