No. 6 BYU heads out to face Iowa State on the road

No. 6 BYU heads back out on the road to play Iowa State in hopes to improve upon their most recent draw, 1-1, against Cincinnati. 

While the Cougars fought hard in their game against the Bearcats on Thursday, they struggled to get the ball rolling right at the beginning. This has been a struggle for BYU in a couple of games now and have caused them to have to play catch up within the first five minutes of the game.

When asked about their performance on Thursday head coach Jen Rockwood told Greg Wrubell “We have to just be better. We have to learn from it. We have to show more of a sense of urgency.”

While both BYU and Iowa State have had some slow starts in their most recent games, the Cougars will need that sense of urgency to get a head start against the Cyclones on Monday.

Iowa State will be coming off their first Big 12 conference win against Houston, 2-1, which was played at the Cyclone Sports Complex on Thursday.

Iowa State tied in shots against Houston with both teams at 11 shots each. However, Iowa State had nine shots on goal compared to Houstons two on goal. Just this game alone shows that the Cyclones are now going to let the Cougars keepers sit around.

The Cyclones are also leading the Big 12 in shot accuracy at 57 percent and coming up 19th in the nation. 

While BYU has continued to out shoot their opponents time and time again, the Cougars will need to work to get more shots on goal as they get ready to play Iowa State.

Rockwood will be looking to not rely so much on their defensive players for offense and instead better utilize their attacking group. Rockwood believes that the Cougars are “good enough and we can expect better.”

The Cougars game against the Cyclones will be on Monday at 5 p.m. streaming live on ESPN+

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