The Kansas State soccer team completed thrilling comeback after trailing 1-0 at half time against Iowa State on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Wildcats had not registered a comeback win in their short program history after trailing by one goal. This was also K-States first home Big 12 victory.
“It was bound to happen,” head coach Mike Dibbini told K-State Sports. “I’m just proud of the way we came out and competed today and we did something different as far as finally coming back from behind to win a Big 12 match. … I’m excited for the girls, they’ve been working really hard and they deserve it.”
The first 45 minutes were up in the air. The Wildcats finished the half with a 9-8 advantage on shots, and both teams had two shots on goal. The Cyclones capitalized on their chances, scoring on a shot from inside the 6-yard box from junior forward Courtney Powell.
Dibbini told K-State Sports the Wildcats used halftime to regroup.
“We just had to get a little more creative, adjust at halftime with sending our outside backs a little bit higher up to get more numbers and create overloads on the outside,” Dibbini said.
K-State got back in the game with the first of two goals from junior midfielder in the 51st minute. Junior midfielder Maddie Souder got the ball to a wide open Brookelynn Entz at the top of the 18-yard box. Entz wasted no time and found the back of the net from 23 yards out.
“I saw Brookelynn and I know that when she gets the ball, she’s going to do something special, so I just fed it to her, and she did something special,” Souder said to K-State Sports.
Entz scored her second goal of the the night and her third goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 64th minute.
The goals against Iowa State makes the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 10 goals. She is also the first player to score two goals in a single Big 12 match.
“Honestly, I am just glad we won,” Entz said to K-State Sports. “I can’t even believe we won, It’s just an amazing feeling. I don’t even know how to explain it.”
The Wildcats now have a week to prepare for their next Big 12 match on the road against in-state rival Kansas.
“It’s great to have our first Big 12 win right before KU,” Entz said. “We’re just ready to go. Now I feel like we know how to win. We were just waiting to break that wall down. Now we know how to win, so I feel like we can go into KU and get that win and really work hard.”