K-State soccer wraps up fourth season against Texas Tech

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K-State senior forward Katie Cramer drives the ball but misses the net against West Virginia. The Mountaineers defeated the Wildcats 3-0 at Buser Family Park on Oct. 27, 2019. (Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State Wildcats lost 1-4 to Texas Tech in in Lubbock, Texas, in their last game of the year. Their season ended with a 3-13-2 record.

The Red Raiders wasted no time in scoring their first goal in the fourth minute. Junior forward Kirsten Davis took a shot that hit the crossbar. Unable to score from her first shot, she got the rebound and scored the first point of the night.

“We came out the of the gates slow, we were a little scared and timid defensively,” head coach Mike Dibbini told K-State Sports. “We still created some good chances offensively, but defensively, we just didn’t impose our will.”

Sophomore forward Charlotte Teeter scored a second rebound goal for Texas Tech in the 11th minute.

The Red Raiders extended their lead to 3-0 just five minutes later with another goal from Davis.

Freshman midfielder Penelope Mulenga scored Texas Tech’s final goal of the night from a distance in the 20th minute.

After the half, K-State’s effort improved with one goal against Texas Tech’s freshman goalkeeper Madison White. The Wildcats’ lone goal came in minute 57 from senior defender Aly Rocha. This was Rocha’s first career goal for the Wildcats.

“That was awesome, she’s had a great career at K-State,” Dibbini said. “She’s been working really hard for us, and she deserved that.”

Rocha is one of five graduating seniors for the Wildcats.

“We’re excited about the future, we’re ready to regroup and reflect. We’ll do a lot of that and then figure out our next steps to continue moving the program in the direction it needs to move in,” Dibbini said.

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