K-State earns second draw of season

Tatum Wagner, sophomore forward, tries to hold position of the ball while Morgan Mauck, sophomore midfielder, swoops in during the Wildcats’ scrimmage on August 6, 2016 at the K-State Soccer Complex. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

The K-State Wildcats soccer team came back from a goal down to earn a draw Friday night against the Creighton Bluejays.

It was the first time the Wildcats (1-2-2) had ever tied a game after falling behind.

The Bluejays got the first goal of the game in the first seven minutes of play. Freshman midfielder Caeley Lordemann got the ball in the center of the field near the K-State goal and fired away. The shot beat junior goalkeeper Miranda Larkin to her left.

It was the first goal Larkin allowed this season, and came after she had played over 205 minutes in net this season.

Like they did when they fell behind against Central Michigan last Sunday, however, the Wildcats used the deficit to get more aggressive. They completed quick passes, got many shots and nearly scored on a number of occasions.

They also played physically. Freshman midfielder and forward Laramie Hall got a yellow card in the 40th minute, the second of the game after Creighton redshirt junior midfielder Darby Hugunin got one in the 15th minute.

Unlike the game against Central Michigan, however, the Wildcats were able to pull even after falling behind.

With time winding down in the game, Hall got the ball close in front of the Creighton net on a pass from sophomore forward Tatum Wagner and buried it with less than 10 minutes remaining.

“I noticed a lack of focus on their part and no one was really moving on their defense,” Hall said to K-State Sports. “Tatum happened to play the ball and I struck through it and got the goal.”

K-State wasn’t out of the woods though. In the 87th minute, Creighton was awarded a penalty kick that would have won them the game, but it went wide to Larkin’s left.

The game was the second draw for the Wildcats this season.

“This was a great way and a great comeback for us in terms of grinding it out, figuring it out and problem-solving the match together,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said to K-State Sports. “I am proud of the way they battled. They kept chipping away and chipping away and finally paid off with an equalizer.”

K-State’s next match will be Sunday at noon against the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sunday’s game will be broadcast through a link on kstatesports.com but will require a paid subscription to view.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.