AMES, Iowa - A 13th minute strike from Erin Green proved to be the winner for Iowa State, as Western Illinois women's soccer could not overcome the early deficit, falling 2-0.
The Leathernecks (1-1) earned multiple corners late in the match, but were unable to cut into the lead.
"For me, Iowa State was the better team, the hungrier team and the team willing to scrap and battle," said head coach Ted Flogaites. "On the night they deserved to win. We did not turn up and produced a lifeless performance. That is not the team I know and love and we did not put our desire, talent and intestinal fortitude on display. I failed our team and did not prepare them properly. I have to deal with that and determine where I went wrong; I will work harder and be even more determined."
Iowa State (3-0) struck first when Jennifer Dominguez's through ball found Green in the box who beat Laura Atkinson in the 13th minute. Just minutes later, Atkinson was tested again but made one of her eight saves in the 20th minute.
The Leathernecks first good opportunity came in the 47th minute but Skyler Jessop's effort sailed over the bar. Two minutes later, Amber Davis tested Maddie Jobe, but the goalkeeper was up to the task, making her first of three saves in the match.
The hope of a second consecutive comeback took a hit when Dominguez finished off a cross sent in by Emily Goldstein to put the Cyclones up 2-0.
The Leathernecks had a flurry of opportunities late in the match, including an effort from Sarah Hall that was blocked just before Sloane Levin had a shot saved by Jobe. The Leathernecks continued to test the Cyclone defense with three corner kicks in the final six minutes, but were unable to finish off the chances, falling 2-0.
Western Illinois will be back in action this weekend in the Green Bay Phoenix Invitational. The Leathernecks face Green Bay, Friday at 4 p.m. and Northern Iowa, Sunday at 1 p.m.