K-State soccer gives up four late goals in loss at West Virginia

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

The Kansas State women’s soccer team extended its losing streak to three games Friday. They let in four second-half goals against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, West Virginia.

“Going on the road it was tough, especially when they found separation,” head coach Mike Dibbini said to K-State Sports. “We tried to refocus, but it was tough. You have to give them credit, they are a really solid team.”

The Wildcats’ early offensive efforts came from sophomore midfielder Brookelynn Entz. She put up K-State’s only shot on goal in the seventh minute and missed high in the twelfth from the 18-yard box.

K-State only managed seven total shots on the evening.

In the 39th minute, sophomore goalkeeper Emma Malsy knocked the ball up into the crossbar, where it bounced back and forced Malsy to make a quick recovery to save a rebound header.

The Mountaineers outshot K-State 17-3 in the first half, but the score remained tied at zero going into the break thanks to five saves from Malsy and some help from the frame of the goal itself.

K-State’s shutout bid would end shortly after the second half whistle blew. Sophomore forward Lauren Segalla received a crossing pass from senior forward Hannah Abraham and quickly sent it into the back of the net in the 48th minute.

Abraham delivered the assist on three of the Mountaineers’ four goals.

West Virginia found another goal in the 51st minute. Senior forward Sh’nia Gordon gathered a rebound and put it in the right corner of the goal.

Just over a minute later, senior forward Nadya Gill found the upper right-hand corner from just inside the six-yard box off a cross from the left off the foot of Abraham.

The Wildcats replaced Malsy at goalkeeper with freshman Olivia Elofsson in the 70th minute after successfully defending a Mountaineer corner kick.

Malsy made seven saves and allowed three goals in her 69 minutes of play.

The change at goalkeeper did not end the scoring for the Mountaineers, who found themselves with another opportunity to score in the 85th minute.

Freshman forward Alina Stahl’s shot at the left post beat Elofsson on a breakaway after a Mountaineer steal.

West Virginia outshot K-State 31-7 on the match, and the Mountaineers put 12 shots on goal to the Wildcat’s one.

The Wildcats fell to 4-6-2 on the year and will return home to host in-state rival Kansas next Friday, Oct. 5.

The Jayhawks are 7-2-2 on the year and have beaten ranked opponents in Butler and Pepperdine.

That game will be televised live on ESPN3 and broadcast on 101.5 KROCK.

Hi! I'm Nathan Enserro, an alumnus from Olathe, Kansas. I graduated in spring 2022 with a Masters in Mass Communication, and I graduated in spring 2020 with a Bachelor's of Science in strategic communications from K-State. I covered K-State sports for the Collegian for four years.