Soccer falls to Indiana in first game back home

Junior defender Kursten von Klahr goes after the ball during the match against Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Wildcats fell 3-0 to the Hoosiers. (Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

In the first game of K-State’s three-match homestand, the Wildcats faced off against the Indiana Hoosiers (6-1-1). The Hoosiers spoiled the beginning of K-State’s homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Wildcats (4-4-0).

“The game needs to be played for 90 minutes,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said to K-State Athletics. “We showed we can compete in the second half, but can we do it for longer periods of time? I don’t know if we were mentally as prepared in the first half.”

Goalkeeper Alaina Werremeyer completed an early save at the one-minute mark, but the Hoosiers continued to relentlessly attack.

Indiana’s Anna Bennett scored off an assist by teammate Paige Webber, just three minutes after the first shot on goal of the game. From there, a comeback would prove too difficult for K-State.

K-State’s offense had few scoring opportunities in the first half while surrendering two lengthy unassisted goals by Indiana’s Avery Lockwood (35:19) and Jen Blitchok (44:33), both soaring over Werremeyer’s out-stretched arms.

In the second half, three corner kicks by K-State looked promising to finally get the Wildcats on the scoreboard, but junior defender/midfielder Jesse Loren‘s kick and two headers were stopped by the Hoosier goalkeeper.

“[Lorren] does a really nice job of winning balls out of the air,” Dibbini said. “She’s tough. She’s got some experience. We’re lucky to have her and we just need to continue to grow as a team and be prepared for the next match.”

The Wildcats hope to redeem themselves in the second match of the homestand against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.