Iowa State soccer prepares for two crucial games, senior day

Brooke Tasker, midfielder, heads the ball during during the Cyclone versus Texas Christian University game on Oct 19. at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The game went into overtime with TCU winning 1-0.

Connor Ferguson

Win two and you’re in. Win one and there’s a chance.

That’s the situation for the Iowa State soccer team for its opportunity to qualify for the Big 12 Tournament this post season.

The Cyclones sit dead last in the Big 12 Standings with an 0-5-1 record and one point to their name.

Ahead of them is Texas Tech with five points, and Kansas State and Oklahoma with three each.

Two of those teams will go home and two will keep their seasons alive, but for Iowa State they sit on the outside looking in.

“We have a lot to play for on Sunday,” said Iowa State soccer coach Tony Minatta. “We’re still in it. We’re still in the mix to get to Kansas City. We just need to rise to the challenge.”

As Iowa State has only garnered two wins on the season, things aren’t looking good for the Cyclones on paper.

They aren’t expected to take down the teams in front of them, especially when they haven’t been able to even steal a Big 12 victory this season.

“I like being the underdog,” Carly Langhurst said. “I wish we weren’t the underdog, but what can you do? [The prize] is right in front of us, we just have to go get it.”

Though, Iowa State has more adversity to overcome then others.

It’s been the the same adversity the team has stared right in the face all year: more injuries.

At one point this season, one third of the entire team was injured for the Cyclones, so much as that they couldn’t practice a full 11 on 11 scrimmage.

During Thursday’s 1-0 loss to TCU, Merin Daniel was injured and the team said they expect her to be out for the remainder of the season. That’s another regular starter that will be forced out of the lineup.

Though, Iowa State is not going to quit. They haven’t all season. 

“I think that just describes our team and the girls we have,” Shea Sullivan said. “[There’s] something we need to figure out, and we haven’t done in yet. That can be frustrating.”

The results haven’t been there yet, but for Iowa State to keep the season alive, they have to be there this week.

“There’s just something we need to figure out, that we haven’t figured out yet,” Langhurst said. “It can be frustrating, but I think we can do it the next few games.”

On top of the pressure to perform and injury issues, the team will be celebrating senior day.

The last home game of the season for a team is a typical time to celebrate everything a graduating class brought to the program.

Only two seniors will be making their final start, but the festivities will still go on.

The game will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex and will be televised on