K-State soccer team defeats South Dakota

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Willie the wildcat dances on the field before the game against Central Arkansas on Sept. 8, 2017, in the K-State Soccer Stadium. (Photo by Nathan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s soccer team traveled Thursday to Vermillion, South Dakota, to face the University of South Dakota, where the Wildcats took a 1-0 victory over the Coyotes and are now 4-3-1 for the year.

The first half totals for K-State included eight shots, one save, no assists, two corner kicks and five fouls. South Dakota ended the first half with only six shots taken, but three saves, no assists, one corner kick and nine fouls.

The second half totals for K-State were one goal, one assist, 17 shots taken and five corner kicks. South Dakota ended the night with no goals, 13 shots taken and one corner kick.

Freshman Hannah Davis scored the only goal, helping the Wildcats improve their offensive totals for the season.

This game finished out the non-conference road schedule for K-State.

Coming into the match, K-State had a 2-1 record at home. In Manhattan, the Wildcats have scored seven goals and allowed four. On the road, they have allowed three goals, but only scored one this season.

Earlier this week, Brookelyn Entz was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week for K-State after her performance against the University of Central Arkansas. It was the first time in the program’s history that a player scored two goals in a match. She also recorded the first assist of her career.

Entz and junior Morgan Mauck are leading the team, each with two goals scored so far this season. Junior Megan Kalkofen and freshman Hannah Davis both have two assists for the Wildcats. Entz and junior Tatum Wagner have both taken 22 shots, while Davis follows close behind with 16 attempted.

Senior Miranda Larkin has started every game for the Wildcats as goalkeeper. She has 33 saves and has only allowed seven goals from opponents.

In their home opener against the University of Nebraska Omaha, K-State won 2-0. Mauck and freshman Christina Baxter scored the two goals, while Wagner, sophomore Katie Cramer and senior Jaclyn Means recorded assists for the Wildcats.

Over the weekend, Central Arkansas and Creighton visited Manhattan. Central Arkansas lost 1-3, while Creighton outscored the Wildcats 3-2. Leading the offense against Central Arkansas, Mauck and Entz scored one and two goals, respectively, with Mauck, Davis and Kalkofen recording an assist. The Creighton Blue Jays allowed two goals by Kalkofen and Wagner, along with assists from Davis, Entz and Kalkofen.

The Wildcats’ next game is against Colorado State on Sunday. The game starts at 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.

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