The emotional first conference game for Iowa State soccer ended in a 2-2 draw on Friday in Fort Worth against Texas Christian University (TCU), and there’s a lot to unpack.
Staggering Shot Difference
Iowa State only put up four shots overall in this game, and the Cyclones made the most of their opportunities, with two getting past the goalkeeper and one other one resulting in a save.
The Horned Frogs' defense has been fantastic this year, so it was going to be an uphill battle on that side from the start for Iowa State. What was perhaps more impressive was Iowa State’s ability to keep TCU out of its own net.
The Horned Frogs put up a staggering 32 shots, and 10 of those traveled on goal. Despite getting outshot by 24, the Cyclones were still able to avoid a fourth straight defeat in their first conference game of the season.
Thirty-two shots and 10 on goal can best be described as an onslaught. Sophomore goalkeeper Dayja Schwichtenberg registered eight saves — including four in overtime — and on top of that, the Horned Frogs had 16 corner kicks.
Schwichtenberg gave up two goals in the game, but one was on a penalty kick. The Cyclone defense (for the most part) was able to obstruct enough of the shots to frustrate their opponents, but TCU still had double digit shots on goal. In overtime, the game was entirely dominated by the Horned Frogs.
This may be due to the lack of depth with the injuries the Cyclones have sustained causing fatigue, but whatever it was, TCU took advantage and outshot the Cyclones eight to zero in the extra periods.
This is where Schwichtenberg was at her best, saving four shots and helping her tired defense stop the rest. Thanks to the Cyclone offense capitalizing on their few chances, it was just enough to force a draw.
Remembering Celia Barquin Arozamena
The tragic death of fellow student-athlete Celia Barquin Arozamena was not lost on the Iowa State soccer team.
Before the game with TCU, the Cyclones named her an honorary team captain and announced that they would wear captain’s sleeves with her initials and patches on their shirt sleeve for the remainder of the season.
It was also made known through a tweet from Cyclone Football that she would refer to her teammates as “Cyclonitas,” which has now become a popular hashtag on twitter, and is being used by the Iowa State soccer twitter account as well.
After the game, Cyclone soccer tweeted out a picture of all the players with their hand in a circle with heartfelt messages written on their wrists to commemorate Barquin Arozamena with a caption that read “Play for Celia.”