Wildcats sunk by two late goals, remain winless in conference play

Reaching around the legs of forward Demi Koulizakis, Kansas State's defender Maguire Sullivan attempts to regain possesion during an offensive run. Kansas State went on to lose the game 2-0. (Rowan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

On a chilly Friday night in Manhattan the Wildcats fell to Texas Tech 0-2 at the K-State Soccer Complex.

After the Wildcats’ poor performance in their last loss to Kansas, they came out strong and ready to play.

“We played today with a lot of heart,” said redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Emma Malsy after the game.

They held the advantage in shots on goal 4-3 at halftime, while the Red Raiders held the advantage in total shots 9-6.

The Wildcats had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the first half at the 36-minute mark, as junior midfielder Ashley Zane received a pass from sophomore midfielder Christian Baxter that gave her a good look at the goal, but Texas Tech sophomore goalkeeper Marissa Zucchetto saved the shot.

Behind Malsy’s three saves, the Wildcats held the Red Raiders scoreless in the first half.

K-State’s dominant defense continued in the second half for the first 28 minutes.

“We disrupted Texas Tech’s rhythm, kept them from getting going,” head coach Mike Dibbini said.

Texas Tech put themselves on the scoreboard in the 73rd minute as sophomore forward Kirsten Davis capitalized off a turnover and scored her fourth goal of the season.

Two minutes later, Texas Tech junior forward Jade King fired off a successful shot following a cleared corner kick.

The Red Raiders ended the game with a total of 14 shots, six on goal.

“We were doing a really nice job of defending them and attacking them, we just ran out of steam,” Dibbini said.

Overall Dibbini said he was very happy with how his team played.

“I thought we played an excellent game, we worked hard we just made a couple mistakes late in the game, ” said Dibbini. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s the game of soccer.”

The Wildcats, now at 4-8-2 overall and 0-5-0 in conference play, gear up for the TCU Horned Frogs on Sunday, Oct. 14 in Manhattan. The game will kickoff at 12:30 pm and can be seen on ESPN3 and 101.5 KROCK.