ISU soccer gets weekend sweep, moves up in polls

Dan A. Farmer

The ISU women’s soccer team showed no signs of slowing down, running their current win streak to seven games after traveling to Tennessee this past weekend, defeating Vanderbilt on Friday and Tennessee on Sunday.

Vanderbilt provided the Cyclones with plenty of stress, shutting them out and leading 1-0 going into the half. But that lead didn’t hold up very long.

3:06 into the second half, senior midfielder Lindsey Rector scored her first goal of the season sending her shot over the head of the Commodore goalkeeper.

Then sophomore forward Erica Florez, last year’s Big 12 Rookie of the Year, finished the job, putting them ahead 2-1, and scoring again with less than three minutes in the game after Vanderbilt had tied up the game.

Both of Florez’s scores and Rector’s goal were unassisted.

“I don’t know how to describe it [the winning goal],” said Florez. “Somehow I got the ball about 20 yards out, I saw that their goalie was a little off the line, and I took the shot.”

Lynley Hilligoss recorded the win as a keeper for the Cyclones, improving her record this year to 6-1.

But the fun wasn’t over yet, as the Cyclones still had to face nationally ranked [No. 20] Tennessee as part of the First Tennessee Bank Lady Vol Soccer Classic.

In a fiercely fought defensive battle, Hilligoss chalked-up her fifth shutout this season, and Lindsey Rector once again provided an offensive spark, scoring the game’s only goal in the 25th minute to win the game 1-0.

Sophomore forward Janelle Beil was credited for the assist after Rector sent the ball into the lower left of the net from 18 yards out.

“It was an exciting game for us because Tennessee was nationally ranked,” said Rector. “It kind of gives our national ranking a little bit more credibility.”

Rector and junior forward Ali Sullivan earned all-tournament team honors for the Tennessee tourney.

The Cyclone defense held the potent Volunteers to seven shots for the entire game.

“It was a hard fought weekend,” said Head Coach Cathy Klein. “The goalkeeping was solid and we were relentless in our commitment to attack with numbers. Ali Sullivan played her best game of the season.”

Klein also gave a bit of a forecast for her team.

“We’re at the point where every game is an opportunity to show that we belong. We’re very capable of winning the Big 12 tournament and are setting our sights on qualifying for the NCAA’s.”

The Cyclones moved up in the rankings from 24th going into the weekend to their current spot at 21st, placing them just behind Duke and ahead of Michigan.

This weekend, the women’s soccer team takes their nationally ranked show on the road to Arizona for games against Arizona State on Friday, 7p.m., and against Northern Arizona on Sunday, 1p.m.

They will be playing their next five games on the road.