Cyclone soccer looks to snap four-game losing streak


Jacob Rice

Head soccer coach Matt Fannon watches from the sidelines as Iowa State defeats Iowa on Sept. 9.

Iowa State soccer has lost four in a row dating back to Sept. 25, when the team lost at home to West Virginia.

After a three-game road trip, the Cyclones are back in Ames for a match against Baylor. The Bears have lost five of their last six matches.

The Cyclones did not force either of the TCU goaltenders to make a save in Sunday’s match. Baylor gives up 1.75 goals per game on average this season and is allowing 12.5 shots per game, with over half of those being shots on goal.

Iowa State has scored one goal in its last five matches. Baylor presents an opportunity for the Cyclones to resurrect their offense.

“What I think we need to see from our women is belief; we need to get back to believing,” said Iowa State head coach Matt Fannon. “We will do what we need to do, and we will get there.”

Iowa State and Kansas are at the bottom of the Big 12 standings at 0-4-1, while Baylor is 1-3. The Cyclones are 2-1-2 at home this season and 1-6-1 on the road. There has been a home-field advantage this season for Iowa State.

“The fans have been brilliant this year, and I think the atmosphere we have at home games makes a big difference,” Fannon said. “You can feel it. It gives everyone a boost.”

About 1,659 fans showed up at the Cyclone Sports Complex for the match against Iowa earlier this season, a match Iowa State won 2-1.

Iowa State will face Baylor at 6 p.m. Thursday in Ames, and the match will be streamed on ESPN+.