Iowa State Gets Past Soccer in Defensive Battle
AMES, Iowa – Kansas soccer couldn’t get past Iowa State Sunday, falling to the Cyclones 2-0, to wrap up the first weekend of Big 12 Play.
Offense was sparse for both teams, as the defenses took over early on. The two teams combined to put up a total of just 22 shots in the contest. KU was led by Whitney Berry’s three shots (one on goal). Caitlin Noble and Emily Cressy each tallied two.
The Jayhawks best chance in the first half came off a free kick. After Berry was taken down, Cressy took a free kick about 10 yards outside of the box on the right side. Berry found Cressy’s ball on the corner of the box but goalkeeper Maddie Jobe dove to her right to put a stop to Berry’s shot.
Iowa State challenged the Jayhawk defense by striking early in the second half.
In the 48th minute, Jessica Stewart knocked the ball in during a scramble at the net, putting the first goal up on the board.
The Cyclones struck once again a few minutes later when Emily Goldstein’s shot deflected off the post into past Kat Liebetrau into the goal.
Cressy had another solid opportunity with a free kick in the second half but Ashley Costanzo caught it squarely in the goal for a save.
The Jayhawks moved to 4-6-0 on the season and 0-2 in the Big 12. The Cyclones are now 6-3-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Big 12.
Next weekend, the Jayhawks will return to the Jayhawk Soccer Complex to open up a four-match home stand. Texas A&M and Texas will be first up, the Aggies visiting Friday and the Longhorns coming to town Sunday.