Three Big Takeaways: Cyclone soccer fails to close out first conference win


Tyler Coe

Mira Emma kicks the ball towards the goalkeeper against Omaha on Sept. 15.

Iowa State soccer held a 1-0 lead with six minutes to play, but a late rally helped the Oklahoma Sooners claim a 3-1 victory.

Here are the three big takeaways from the eventful match.

Strong start 

The first stop in a three-game road trip for the Cyclones was in Norman, Oklahoma, Thursday night. Things started well for Iowa State head coach Matt Fannon’s team.  

After Iowa State failed to score a goal in their previous match against West Virginia, they got on the board in the first half with a goal from Mira Emma in the 33rd minute. They had three shots on goal in the first half. 

Iowa State allowed three shots on goal in the first half, but none of the Sooner shots found the back of the net. Iowa State goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz was credited with three saves in the first half.

Disastrous finish

Iowa State was up 1-0 going into the last seven minutes of the match, then chaos ensued. A red card was issued to Iowa State’s Chloe Broughton in the 51st minute. Oklahoma later ripped off three straight goals in the final seven minutes to beat the Cyclones 3-1.  

Hali Hartman, Sheridan Michel, and Morganne Eikelbarner scored for Oklahoma. Oklahoma had 12 shots on goal in the game, and Iowa State had five. The three goals for the Sooners helped extend their winning streak to six games.  

After a strong first half on defense for Iowa State, Oklahoma put on an offensive clinic in the second half. They had nine shots on goal in the final 45 minutes of play compared to two for Iowa State. Oklahoma applied pressure throughout the second half until the dam eventually broke.  

Next challenge 

The next match for the Cyclones will be in Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 6 for a match against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders will play Oklahoma on Sunday.  

Iowa State will go a week without a match before traveling to Texas Tech for the second match of their three-game road trip. They conclude the trip in Fort Worth, Texas, against TCU.  

Texas Tech is 3-2-2 at home this season, as Iowa State is 1-4-1 on the road and has lost two in a row entering the match.  Iowa State will play Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday in Lubbock, Texas.