Ames, Iowa- The Iowa State soccer team (7-5-1, 1-3-1 Big 12) fell to No. 3 West Virginia (12-1-1, 4-0 Big 12) 2-0, Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex. WVU tallied two goals in the first 27 minutes and that 2-0 score held as final.
Turning Point of the Game
Iowa State played strong defensively, but the skilled West Virginia attack was able to find a small gap in front of the net where Michaela Abam fed a perfect pass to Carla Portillo to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Canadian Olympian defender Kadeisha Buchanan made the score 2-0 in the 27thminute when she ripped a shot into the left corner of the net from 25 yards out.
The Cyclone defense once again held strong in the second half and was able to shut out the Mountaineer attack. The Iowa State offense had some opportunities late in the game, but weren’t able to find a goal. The Cyclone center back duo of Brianna Johnson and Madi Ott are also deserving of the honor. The Mountaineers have a highly touted offense and this combination held in there for the entire game. They shutdown multiple opportunities where WVU looked to have a good chance at a goal.
Cyclone Game Ball Goes to…
Klasey Medelberg. The sophomore forward battled for the full 40 minutes that she was in the game. She didn’t back down from any of the strong West Virginia defenders and made multiple deep runs into the Mountaineer defensive third.
Coach Said It
“Obviously, West Virginia is a very good team,” head coach Tony Minatta said. “They will most likely be No. 1 after this weekend. I felt like we were a little tentative to start off with which was a little frustrating. We did go with a different formation to get us more numbers defending. We took that and didn’t go forward enough. Once we changed the energy with some subs I feel we started attacking at them and we had some good opportunities to score. Got some corner kicks out of it. I think we put a little too much into playing against what is on the front of their jerseys than playing soccer.”
Iowa State is back in action next weekend when they host the Texas Longhorns on Friday night at 7 p.m. in another crucial conference matchup.