K-State soccer will play Baylor at home tonight

Junior defender Megan Kalkofen chases the ball during the game against West Virginia in the K-State Soccer Stadium on Sept. 29, 2017. (File photo by Nathan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State soccer team will host Baylor at the K-State Soccer Complex tonight at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats will come into this match with a 6-6-1 record overall, and a 1-3-0 record in Big 12 conference play. The Baylor Bears will come to Manhattan at 8-3-2 overall, 2-2-1 in the Big 12.

K-State won their last soccer match 1-0 against the University of Kansas in the Sunflower Showdown in Lawrence. This was the first ever match between the two soccer teams.

“It is an unbelievable feeling to get that first Big 12 win,” head coach Mike Dibbini said to K-State Sports. “These girls played extremely hard tonight, and they deserve every bit of it right now. We stuck to the game plan and made an adjustment at half. These girls have been unreal. They are very coachable, and it just feels even better to get the first win in the Sunflower Showdown.”

The Wildcats and Jayhawks ended the first half in a scoreless tie, but in the second half, freshman forward Hannah Davis scored the lone goal in the 47th minute of the match.

“What was amazing about the goal was [that] we had just talked about it in the locker room at halftime,” Dibbini said to K-State Sports. “It was perfectly timed and executed.”

This season, K-State has scored 14 goals, averaging one per game, along with 171 total shots, averaging 13.2 per game. Senior goalkeeper Miranda Larkin has recorded 74 saves, while opposing teams have only had 62 saves against the Wildcat offense.

Baylor’s soccer team is coming hot off a 3-0 win against Texas Tech. The Baylor Bears made 11 shots in this match, with three corner kicks and four saves.

This season, Baylor has recorded 74 corner kicks while only allowing 45 from their opponents. The Bears have also scored 19 goals while allowing just six. Of the 19 goals they have scored this season, 10 of those have come in the first halves of their matches.

Baylor is 2-1-2 in away games so far this season.

The Wildcats will host their sixth home game of the season against the Bears. K-State is 3-2-0 this season at home, with their last home game being a 1-0 loss to West Virginia University.

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