June 2, 2006
AMES, Iowa - One week after Soccer Buzz Magazine announced its conference recruiting class rankings, the publication honored Iowa State's 2006 recruiting class as the 26th-best in the nation on Friday. The ranking is the highest ever by Soccer Buzz as the school enters its 11th year of competition. The magazine is an online publication devoted to women's collegiate soccer.
Soccer Buzz officials also rated ISU's class as second best in the Big 12 for the upcoming season.
In addition to the national ranking, the magazine experts dubbed the recruiting class third-best in the Central Region, behind LSU and Texas A&M and ahead of the rest of the Big 12.
The Cyclones are coming off their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in addition to tying for second in the Big 12 regular season standings, the highest finish in school history.
Texas A&M, the 2005 Big 12 regular season and tournament champions, garnered the top class in the conference and the 22nd best in the nation according to the publication. ISU will open the 2006 season on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Notre Dame. The Irish were the 2004 National Champions but were defeated in the quarterfinals of the 2005 College Cup by eventual champion Portland, the same team that knocked out Iowa State in the first round.
Great recruiting class, and hopefully it can be kept up. A lot of very good in-state talent has been leaving the state the last few years though, none of the four D-1 schools have been able to keep them, hopefully we can keep more around. We will rely on this class pretty big as well as there has been some big time attrition since the end of the season in addition to some losses due to graduation.