GAME REPORT: Texas downs Iowa State 2-1

Texas rebounded from a loss to Baylor on Friday night by securing its first conference win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Iowa State on Sunday. Goals came from Nina Frausing Pedersen and Taylor Knaack.

With the temperature near a 100 degrees and a 20 mph wind blowing in from the south, play got started in Austin under difficult conditions. Hannah Higgins got the first shot of the day off at 40 seconds, which was blocked by a defender. Lexi Harris took a shot at 7 minutes which was blocked. At 12 minutes in Vanessa Ibewuike got off a shot which went wide left. In the first 20 minutes, Texas took six total shots.

Hannah Higgins’ second shot at 17:32 made it on goal and was saved by Iowa State keeper, Maddie Jobe.

At 21 minutes in, the first subs came on. Allison Smith came in for Brooke Gilbert and Gabby Zarnegar came in for Vanessa Ibewuike.

After a foul by Iowa State at 22 minutes into the half, Nina Frausing Pedersen lined up a free kick from 40 yards out. The Texas forwards made runs near goal, distracting the Iowa State keeper while Nina Frausing Pedersen put the ball on frame. Pedersen’s kick rolled in to give Texas the 1-0 lead.

The first half saw Texas taking a whopping 13 shots while the Cyclones got off none. Texas also had 5 corners in the half while the Cyclones had none.

In the second half, Texas scored again in the 80th minute when Vanessa Ibewuike slotted a beautiful pass through to a running Taylor Knaack who knocked the ball home. It was Taylor’s third goal of the season and Vanessa’s third assist of the season. Both Taylor and Vanessa have 3 goals and 3 assists each on the year.

In the 85th minute, Texas allowed a goal back. Iowa State’s Jennifer Dominguez scored on an assist by Brittany Morgan.

In the final few minutes, Taylor Knaack got off another shot which was saved by the Cyclone’s Andrea Swanson. The game ended with Texas over Iowa State 2-1.

The Horns are now 1-1-0 in conference play and will head to Lawrence, Kansas on Friday to play the University of Kansas. Game time will be 5:00pm Central.

Stats and By The Numbers after the jump…


By The Numbers:  .. due to the 100 degree heat under a midday sun, starter playing times were cut back across the board ..

Running Forever (mids and forwards):  Taylor Knaack (68 minutes on the field),  Lexi Harris (66 minutes), Hannah Higgins (64 minutes).

Ironwomen  (defenders): Lucy Keith (75 minutes), Nina Frausing Pedersen (75 minutes), Amanda Lisberger (75 minutes), Julie Arnold (71 minutes)

In goal: Alexa Gaul, 2 saves

Other starter minutes:
Brooke Gilbert, 60 minutes
Vanessa Ibewuike, 58 minutes
Kristin Cummins, 51 minutes

Sub minutes:
Allison Smith, 62 minutes
Gabby Zarnegar, 56 minutes
Leah Payne, 43 minutes
Whitney Jaynes, 34 minutes
Stacey-Ann Smith, 24 minutes
Taylor Johnson, 10 minutes
Brenda Saucedo, 5 minutes

Texas shots: 13 in first half, 4 in second half. (Total 17 shots)
5 of the 17 Texas shots were on goal, with 2 going in.
Shots on goal percentage: 29%

Iowa State shots: 0 in first half, 6 in second half. (Total 6 shots)
3 of the 6 Iowa State shots were on goal, with none going in
Shots on goal percentage: 50%

Corner kicks: Texas 8, Iowa State 0


Number of sub players with 10 minutes or more:
Iowa State 9, Texas 6


Shots by subs: Iowa State 0, Texas 1
Goals by subs: Iowa State 0, Texas 0


Fouls: Iowa State 6, Texas 2
Yellow Cards: none

Attendance: 487

Stats (PDF) Iowa State vs Texas


Three Stars of the Game for Texas

1. Vanessa Ibewuike
For her run and cross to setup the game winning goal

2. Lexi Harris and Amanda Lisberger
Super hustle and very active at their positions

3. Taylor Knaack
Scored the game winning goal and ran for a staggering 68 minutes in the midday heat

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1.   22:21 TEX      Frausing Pedersen, N (1)       (unassisted)
2.   79:19 TEX      Knaack, Taylor (3)                    Ibewuike, Vanessa
3.   84:06 ISU      Jennifer Dominguez (3)           Brittany Morgan

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