Another slow start costs Cyclones

Iowa State senior Klasey Medelberg battles with South Dakota State’s Alexa Hepner in the first half on Aug. 17.

Sam Stuve

The Cyclones won their rivalry game against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night and were looking to add another win to their record against the undefeated Milwaukee Panthers on Sunday. However, a slow start by the Cyclones in the first half hindered their chances of winning, and Milwaukee came away with a 3-2 victory over the Cyclones in overtime.

The match was close throughout, but the Panthers scored an early goal which gave them the advantage and positive momentum for most of the game. The Cyclones were held scoreless in the first half, and now have a record of 0-4-1 when they are held scoreless at in the first half.

“We got off to a real slow start,” said coach Tony Minatta. “We had an emotional win on Friday night, it’s always a tough one to turnaround from, but we as coaches need to prepare them for that.”

Both teams were very aggressive out of the gate as they each had opportunities to put shots in the back of the net.

Iowa State hit a lull midway in the first half as Erin Corrigan put the first goal in the back of the net for Milwaukee in the 25th minute.

The Cyclones had chances to score in the first half, but Milwaukee’s defense held up and prevented the Cyclones from scoring a goal. 

Milwaukee went into halftime with a 1-0 lead over Iowa State.

After Milwaukee scored a goal in the first half, the Cyclones defense got some key stops early in the second half that kept the game from getting out of hand.

“We played with good urgency, and we didn’t let them get anywhere in the danger zone,” said senior defender Jordan Enga. 

The Cyclones were held scoreless through the first 71 minutes of play. However, the Cyclones fought back and senior Emily Steil scored a goal for the Cyclones off a pass from senior Klasey Medelberg in the 72nd minute.

Following the goal by Steil, the Cyclones continued to pressure the Panthers’ defense. In the 77th minute, sophomore Courtney Powell scored another goal and junior Hannah Cade had the assist to put the Cyclones ahead 2-1.

“We kept wearing them down physically, we did the little things, and we were to score a couple of goals,” Cade said.  

For Steil and Powell, they both have two goals now this season, and Cade now leads the team in assists with three of them so far this season.

Despite the Cyclones taking a late lead, Milwaukee went on to tie the game and force overtime.

This game was the second game where the Cyclones went to overtime, as last week they went to overtime at Denver.

In the first minute of overtime, Steil got fouled hard in the penalty box, and the Cyclones had a chance to score off of a penalty kick. The Cyclones penalty kick sailed over the crossbar. Late in the first overtime, Jelena Sever scored the game-winning goal for Milwaukee.

“We have a week to right the ship, and it’s back to the drawing board,” Minatta said.