Cyclone defense continues strong performances as conference play starts


Tyler Coe

Cyclone Jada Colbert moves the ball down the field against Kansas State on Sept. 22

Thursday night continued a streak of strong defensive performances from the Iowa State defense. The Cyclones had given up two goals in the last four matches and have not lost a match in that span.

Iowa State goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz made 10 saves in the 0-0 draw against Kansas State.

“She did a really good job tonight,” Iowa State head coach Matt Fannon said. “Silk is a fantastic player and a wonderful shot stopper.”

Iowa State assistant and goalkeeper coach Maddie Dobyns has also made an impact on the team and is continuing to develop the Cyclone defense.

“Coach Dobyns needs a lot of credit for taking her [Silkowitz] to the next level with her ability,” Fannon said.

Hard work has been a continuing theme with Cyclone soccer this year as the team has dealt with the ups and downs of the non-conference schedule before the match against Kansas State.

“She [Silkowitz] works tirelessly,” Fannon said when discussing the hard work of the senior goalkeeper.

After giving up three goals against Memphis and four goals against Kentucky earlier this season, the Cyclone defense is becoming more consistent, something it will need as conference play continues.

After starting 0-2-1, the Cyclones have not lost a match since Sept. 4. Since that loss, the Cyclones have not given up more than one goal in a match. That is a trend that can lead to more victories for Iowa State in Big 12 play as Iowa State stands at a 3-3-3 record.

The next match for Iowa State against West Virginia will be their last home match until Oct. 13 against Baylor. Their road trip will consist of matches against Oklahoma, Texas Tech and TCU.

Iowa State plays West Virginia at 1 p.m. Sunday in Ames before hitting the road.