K-State shuts out South Dakota State for first win of the year

Junior Brookelynn Entz leaps to intercept the ball at the Aug. 29, 2019 game against Arkansas State. Arkansas won 2-1. (Dalton Wainscott | Collegian Media Group)

It was a good day for the Kansas State soccer team on a Sept. 1. Not only did the game include a goal per half and a postgame full of smiles, but it also put an end to an at-home losing streak with a 2-0 victory over South Dakota State.

. A day that included one goal in each half and a postgame full of smiles as an eight home match losing streak was ended with a 2-0 victory over South Dakota State.

The first goal for the Wildcats came in the final minute of the first half as senior Ashley Zane kicked the ball into the net.

“Coach always wants energy and I had ten minutes in the game so I just gave it my all and went up for that header and it hit off my ankle somehow and went over her head. I saw it go into the back of the net,” Zane told K-State Sports.

K-State had six shots on goal in the first half, but were unable to convert on the first five attempts.

The Jackrabbits had a chance to tie the game coming into the second half, but their shot was a little bit too high, and bounced off the top of the goal.

K-State comfortably played the remainder of the game after another goal came in the 58th minute of the second half. Senior Laramie Hall kicked the ball into the net from a pass from freshman Caylee Thornhill. It was Hall’s first goal since her freshman season for the Wildcats in 2016.

Goalkeeper Emma Malsy helped the Wildcats achieve the win as she registered her eighth shutout in her career with the Wildcats.

“Like I said, we just keep rotating the players,” head coach Mike Dibbini told K-State Sports. “Both Emma and Rachel [Harris] are great goalkeepers. They bring us presence and experience. Emma kept us organized.”

The Wildcats will now head to Southern California to face California State University Northridge on Friday at 7 p.m. central time.