Cyclone soccer looks to build consistency as conference schedule begins


Tyler Coe

Cyclone soccer teammates hug after beating Omaha on Sept. 15

The victory against Omaha Thursday night marked the end of the non-conference schedule for Iowa State soccer. Their record now stands at 3-3-2, and conference play will begin Thursday against Kansas State.

The non-conference schedule for the Cyclones featured a slow start and an inconsistent finish. They started the season 0-2, had a four-goal defeat against Kentucky, but also had wins against Iowa and Michigan, who was ranked No. 24 at the time.

The Big 12 schedule will start with two straight home matches against Kansas State and West Virginia. After that, five of the final seven matches for Iowa State will be on the road. The Cyclones are 1-3-1 on the road this season.

Iowa State is 0-1-1 in matches coming off a victory this season, with zero goals scored in the two matches. Wins have not been followed up with more wins. It has been inconsistent so far for this growing team.

“We’re hitting our stride at the right time,” head coach Matt Fannon said of recent performances. “We’ve got to make sure we stay on top of it everyday.”

The inconsistency will need to be addressed before the Cyclones begin the conference schedule and a three-game road trip starting Sept. 29 against Oklahoma.

The Cyclones have won two of the last three matches and have not lost since Sept. 4 against Kentucky. The winning performances are becoming more common for Iowa State.

“I feel really confident because everyday our women prove that they get better, they want it, they’re going to listen and they’re going to keep fighting,” Fannon said.

The Cyclones have not gone on a winning streak yet this season, but the opportunity to build consistency has presented itself again for coach Fannon’s team.

Iowa State will play Kansas State at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Ames.