The Kansas State soccer team will host their final home game of the regular season tonight against Iowa State.
K-State comes into this match with a record of 6-10-1 overall, and 1-7-0 in conference play, while Iowa State is 2-12-3 overall and 0-6-2 in Big 12 match-ups. This is the first meeting between the two teams in program history.
During K-State’s last weekend road trip of the season, the team lost both of its matches with Oklahoma and No. 24 Oklahoma State. After taking a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute courtesy of freshman Avery Green’s first collegiate goal, Oklahoma State answered back in the 17th and 23rd minutes with two goals of their own to take the lead for good.
Freshmen Brooklyn Entz and Maddie Souder scored the two goals for K-State, but it was not enough as the Sooners scored three in this match. K-State’s goals came at 21:34 and 79:06 marks. Oklahoma’s Tori Bowman scored two goals while Rasha Roberts also contributed to the win.
“The first half was good for us in terms of getting on the board first,” said head coach Mike Dibbini to K-State Sports. “I felt like going into the second half the mentality switched off a little bit. Instead of looking for that second goal and getting separation we got into waiting for something to happen instead of keeping the urgency on our part. They wanted it more than we did in the second half and they punished us for it.”
Tonight will also be senior night for the five Wildcat seniors in Miranda Larkin, Kelcy Fiser, Abby Sieperda, Jade Anderson and Jaclyn Means.
In her two years on the team, Miranda Larkin has played goalkeeper for K-State, playing in a total of 31 games, during which she accumulated 178 saves and allowed 34 goals.
Defender Kelcy Fiser saw a season-high 46 minutes on the field against the University of Northern Iowa on Sept. 3. She played a total of 25 games while scoring eight goals.
Forward Abby Sieperda played in 30 total games while starting 11 of those. She has one goal, 16 shots taken with seven on target. Her first career goal came at Oakland on Aug. 26.
Jade Anderson played in only 10 games for the Wildcats in two seasons as midfielder but tallied 135 minutes of action in nine matches during her junior year. Before competing at K-State she helped the Hawks at Santiago Canyon College to a 32-4-5 overall record during her two years there.
Midfielder Jaclyn Means recorded a season-high of 27 minutes of game action against Creighton at home on Sept. 10. She played in a total of 13 matches with one goal scored along with one assist.