The Kansas State women’s soccer team handled Oakland University in a match filled with heavy rain, winning 4-0.
The Wildcats played team ball on offense, as four players — Chloe Fisher, Hannah Davis, Katie Cramer, and Christina Baxter — each scored a goal.
Junior forward Katie Cramer spoke about K-State’s teamwork after the match.
“We weren’t out there playing individually,” Cramer said. “We were willing to make the extra pass to get more goals, and that just shows how much more of a team we are than last year, and that’s exciting.”
Freshman forward Chloe Fisher got K-State going with the first goal of the match, scoring with 13:36 remaining in the first half to put her team up 1-0. The goal was also the first of her career.
The Wildcats fed off Fisher’s goal to take control of the match as they scored three goals in the second half to pull away from the Golden Grizzlies.
Down 3-0 with 25 minutes remaining in the match, Oakland had a chance to get back in the match. Junior defender Sierra Grodsinsky ran into K-State territory with an open field and just freshman goalie Olivia Elofsson between her and the goal, but the rain caused her shot to go well right of the goal.
The Wildcats performed well on both sides of the ball, as the defense complemented the production of the offense. The Wildcats held the Golden Grizzlies to just four shots the whole match, all in the second half. K-State was able to get a total of 27 shots — 15 in the first half and 12 in the second half.
Head coach Mike Dibbini was very happy with his team’s performance.
“It feels good. The young ladies played hard. They deserve it,” Dibbini said after the match. “They brought the energy, the effort, the attitude, the aggressiveness. It was a good game.”
K-State will look to maintain its confidence and build on its best start in school history against the Drake Bulldogs on Thursday. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3 and can be heard on the radio on 101.5 FM.