Soccer hosts two weekend matches, drops both in close games

Sophomore midfielder Ashley Zane kicks the ball upfield passing to her teammate during the game against Baylor at the K-State Soccer Complex on Oct. 13, 2017. (Photo by Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State soccer team hosted two games at the K-State Soccer Complex this weekend, and both ended in tough losses for the Wildcats.

K-State got its first ever Big 12 conference win against the University of Kansas on Oct. 6, but one week later the Wildcats hosted the Baylor Bears on Friday the 13th. The result was frightening, as the Wildcats lost 1-0.

Friday night’s loss marked the fifth time this season that K-State has lost a match by just one point, and the fourth time it lost 1-0.

The Bears played far more aggressively than the Wildcats. While Baylor shot a total of 25 times with six on goal, K-State only had four of their six shots on goal. A lack of shots on goal has been a common theme in the team’s losses this season.

Senior goalkeeper Miranda Larkin saved five of Baylor’s six shots on goal, but one goal slipping through was enough to seal the Wildcats’ fate.

The lone goal of the match came from Baylor’s Julie James in the 31st minute. She netted the shot from eight yards out. It was just her second goal on the season.

Freshman forward Hannah Davis had a chance to put K-State on the board with a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt held the shutout for Baylor.

The win propelled Baylor to a 9-3-2 record for the season and a fifth place spot in the Big 12. The Wildcats’ record fell to 6-7-1, and the team stood at ninth in the Big 12 going into Sunday’s home game versus the University of Texas.

Sunday saw K-State drop another close match to the Texas Longhorns in their second game of the weekend.

After losing to Baylor two days before, K-State was eager for a win to get back on track. After 90 minutes, the match went into overtime as the teams were tied at zero.

This was the second overtime game of 2017 for the Wildcat soccer team. The first one came against Colorado State, and it resulted in a 3-2 win for K-State. This time around, extra minutes were not enough and the Wildcats fell 1-0 to the Longhorns.

The game winning goal came in the 92nd minute from Texas’ Haley Berg. The goal was Berg’s second shot on goal of the afternoon, and her fifth of the season.

K-State was only able to get one shot off in overtime. Tatum Wagner attempted a shot in the 91st minute, but it missed wide left. The Wildcats were outshot once again this game, only getting eight shots to Texas’ 25 and five shots on goal to Texas’ 11.

After the two losses this weekend, K-State’s record has fallen to 6-8-1, and the Wildcats are 1-5 in Big 12 conference play.

K-State’s next soccer match will be in Stillwater, Oklahoma, against Oklahoma State on Friday. The Cowboys are currently tied for first in the Big 12. Wildcat fans can listen to the match on 101.5 FM K-ROCK.

I’m Jarrett Whitson, the sports editor this semester. I’m from Blue Rapids, KS, a town of just over 1,000 people about 40 miles north of Manhattan. I’m a junior in Public Relations, and a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. I love playing and talking about sports— especially college football