Cyclones Comeback Falls Short
NORMAL, Ill.- A red-hot Iowa State comeback came up just short as the Cyclones fell 4-3 to the Illinois State Redbirds in a exhibition game in Normal, Ill.
Iowa State played the Redbirds tough in the first half heading to the locker rooms down only 1-0. Illinois State, the Missouri Valley preseason favorite, scored two quick goals to start the second half.
After the 71-minute mark it was all Cyclones with a penalty kick score by Theresa Kucera. Hayley Womack, a junior, scored goals in the 79th and 86th minutes and would not let the Cyclones slip away displaying craftiness around the goal to get the two scores. The two upperclassmen took the latter part of the game over but simply ran out of time to make the complete comeback.
“We had an incredibly sluggish start in the first half and never really picked up momentum in the first 45 minutes,” head coach Wendy Dillinger said. “Illinois State was very good today. They stretched us defensively and exposed some weaknesses that we need to address. This game was exactly what we needed before the start of the season.”
Cyclone goalkeeper Maddie Jobe recorded five saves in the exhibition playing all 90 minutes of action. The senior had 74 saves last season.
Senior Jennifer Dominguez, an All-Big 12 performer last season, assisted Hayley Womack on her second goal.
Overall 23 Cyclones played in the contest. Nine freshman gained valuable experience with Kourtney Camy earning a start for the game.
The Cyclones kick off the regular season against South Dakota State Friday August, 23 at 6 pm CT in Brookings, S.D.