Soccer ends road trip with loss against Purdue

K-State midfielder Brookelynn Entz passes the ball to teammate Laramie Hall during the soccer game against KU on Oct. 5, 2018. (Archive photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

For the final game of the K-State soccer team’s five-game road trip, the Wildcats traveled to Folk Field in Indiana to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. The Wildcats lost 2-0.

K-State had many opportunities to take the lead throughout the game, the first coming in the 23rd minute when junior forward Marisa Weichel found fellow junior forward Kyler Goins with a great pass. Goins put her shot around the Boilermakers’ goalkeeper but was denied by the right post.

Just a few minutes later, Purdue capitalized on a Wildcat mistake, counter-attacking after a K-State free-kick. Purdue’s Emily Mathews raced up the field, beating sophomore goalkeeper Alaina Werremeyer to give the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead.

K-State continued looking for opportunities but failed to find a way into the back of Purdue’s net. The Boilermakers doubled their tally, all but securing the win in the 83rd minute when Aly Mielke found Gracie Dunaway. Dunaway slipped the ball under Werremeyer’s hand and gave Purdue (4-1-2) a 2-0 lead to secure the win.

“I thought it was a good match for us to see where we’re at against a very good opponent,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said to K-State Athletics. “I felt like this game was about defense and momentum. We had a chance to take the lead. We didn’t. We gifted them a goal moments later and then had a chance to equalize it in the second half. We didn’t. A decent match, but we can take away a lot from this match as we go forward.”

K-State ended their five-game road trip 3-2-0 with wins over Omaha (1-0), Austin Peay (5-0) and North Alabama (1-0).

“I think we did a nice job on the road, getting three results out of five. It’s always tough to play on the road against good teams,” Dibbini said. “It doesn’t get any easier on Sunday with a tough Indiana team, so we’re going to have to figure out a way to rebound and respond in front of our fans.”

The Wildcats will play in front of a home crowd at Buser Family Park at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. The match will also be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.