Soccer ends non-conference slate on high note

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Junior forward Tatum Wagner chases the ball during the game against Central Arkansas on Sept. 8, 2017, in the K-State Soccer Stadium. (File photo by Nathan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State soccer team got its first ever overtime win against Colorado State, putting down a score of 3-2 on Sunday.

The Wildcats came into this home game 4-3-1, and the Rams at 2-3-2.

The Wildcats struck early, as freshman Maddie Souder put the first point on the board 16:43 into the match. Souder also played a part in the team’s second goal, assisting sophomore Katie Cramer, who scored from 10 yards out to give the Cats a 2-0 lead.

They could not complete a first half shutout, as CSU’s Beth Plentl netted her first goal of the season on a penalty kick to get her team on the board in the 35th minute.

Colorado State kept fighting back and tied the game 2-2 in the 66th minute with a goal from Maddie Rodriguez. Both defenses held strong for the next 24 minutes of the match, sending the match into overtime.

The last overtime match for K-State resulted in a 0-0 draw against Oregon State in the season opener. Head coach Mike Dibbini made sure his team came out with a win in extra minutes this time.

Four minutes and 36 seconds into the OT period, freshman Brookelynn Entz netted her team-high third goal of the season to get the Wildcat victory. Freshman Hannah Davis assisted Entz on a throw-in, and Entz beat a defender one-on-one to net the game winner. Davis also took the team lead in assists, with her fourth on the season and second in the match.

With her performance this weekend, Entz earned Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors. Coach Dibbini had high praise for his freshman star. “If we get Brookelynn anywhere near the twenty-five under composure, she’s dangerous. She will create for herself, and that is what she did there,” Dibbini said to K-State Sports.

When talking to K-State Sports, Entz seemed to be happy with where the Wildcats are as they get ready to start conference play.

“We really needed this win going into the Big 12,” Dibbini said. “We needed this confidence, and now we have five wins and three losses. That is a pretty good record going into the Big 12, not very many Big 12 teams actually have that good of a record right now. I think that is a good sign, and we just keep getting better every game.”

With a fifth win of the season, K-State has a new program high for wins; the team only amassed four in its 2016 inaugural season.

The Wildcats are off until Friday, when they will take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas, for their first 2017 Big 12 match. The Red Raiders have a 6-2 record on the season and are fourth in the Big 12, while the Wildcats are 5-3-1 and tied for seventh. The match starts at 7 p.m., and fans wanting to listen can do so on kstatesports.com or 101.5 FM KROCK.

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