West Virginia may be K-State soccer’s mentally toughest match yet

Sophomore forward Hannah Davis pauses during the action in the Aug. 23 game against Drake University at the K-State Soccer Complex. K-State would go on to win the game 1-0. (File photo by Alex Masson | Collegian Media Group)

Two home games, two conference games, two Oklahoma teams equaled one tough weekend for K-State soccer.

On Friday and Sunday, the Wildcats faced defeat in their first two Big 12 conference games at home against Oklahoma State and the University of Oklahoma. Next weekend K-State, will be on the road to meet West Virginia in their next conference game.

Head coach Mike Dibbini addressed the difficulties of facing a big game coming off of two tough losses.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Dibbini said to K-State Sports. “You just got to keep training the mentality side, keep working on preparation of how we can do what we need to do to give ourselves the best chance both offensively and defensively.”

When discussing the past two games, Dibbini emphasized the importance of urgency and how a small slip of focus can cost a game.

“We just had bad fortune this weekend in terms of those 5 minute periods in both games where we just fell asleep for a little bit and they punished us for it,” Dibbini said to K-State Sports.

Dibbini said he hopes to take this challenging upcoming match as a moment of growth for the players to respond well to difficult circumstances.

West Virginia now has a five-game winning streak after defeating Texas Tech and TCU. The Mountaineers now lead the Big 12 conference alongside Oklahoma State.

An offensively excellent team, West Virginia has been able to execute in an area K-State is lacking, and that is finishing. They have scored 17 goals this season, keeping their opponents at six total goals scored on them.

With a challenging match ahead, the Wildcats hope to be able to consistently maintain urgency and not need a goal from their opponents to wake them up.

The match is set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday in Morgantown, West Virginia. It can be heard live on 101.5 KROCK.