Women’s soccer wins first match of the season, Anderson shines

K-State Wildcat's celebrate after Maddie Weichel scores against Texas Tech in the final half of the soccer match. KSU finished senior night with a 2-0 win over TTU at Buser Family Park on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s soccer team traveled to Fishback Soccer Park in Brookings, South Dakota, for an exhibition match against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Thursday.

A few notable starters include sisters Marisa and Maddie Weichel — playing for the first time together as Wildcats after Marisa transferred from Texas Tech — and Roo Yarnell-Williams, a transfer from Colorado.

While the match started slow, the Jackrabbits struck first when Cecilia Limongi scored in the 43rd minute, giving SDSU the lead going into halftime.

After the half, the Wildcats came out strong with a handful of opportunities, creating a lot of pressure. On a K-State corner in the 81st minute, freshman Riley Baker was brought down in the penalty box, awarding the Wildcats a penalty.

Freshman Adah Anderson took the penalty shot, burying it away to tie the game 1-1. Head coach Mike Dibbini said he had confidence in the young athlete.

“In training, we have worked quite a bit on the ‘big moments,’ and she definitely had it in her hands to step up in an exhibition match when it was needed,” Dibinni said to K-State Athletics. “She stepped up and buried it like she has in training.”

Not even a minute passed before Anderson struck once again, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead that would hold until the end of the game.

Anderson became just the third Wildcat in program history to score two goals in the same game, alongside K-State legends Brookelynn Entz and Katie Cramer.

Coach Dibinni also noted the team’s progress during the game.

“I felt like in the first half, it was a combination of nerves, getting used to the surface and getting the jitters out a little bit,” Dibinni said. “We found some rhythm once the game settled. The second half is when we actually took control of the match and did a nice job of playing to our skill sets and playing to our attacking style. It showed as we had a lot of opportunities.”

The Wildcats return home to Buser Family Park at 1 p.m. on Sunday to play Wyoming in another exhibition match. The season officially begins against Weber State at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19 and can be watched on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.