Soccer fails to hold lead, ties against Northern Colorado

Then-junior defender Emily Crain looks to pass during the game against Texas Christian University on Oct. 25, 2020. (Archive photo by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

K-State soccer nearly took home their first win of the season in their match against Northern Colorado on Sunday but ended up tying 1-1.

After losing 1-2 against Northwestern in their first match, allowing 18 shot attempts, the Wildcats’ defense held the Bears’ offense to low production for most of the match. The Bears had 4 shots into the 70th minute but turned it around late to tie the match. Attacking late, the Bears ended with nine shots and capitalized in the 82nd minute with a goal from Britney Donais.

Even as they kept constant pressure on the Bears, the first half ended with a score of 0-0 as each team entered the locker rooms. Starting the second half, it didn’t take long for the Wildcats to put a ball in the net. In the 52nd minute, sophomore midfielder Adah Anderson scored the first goal of the match with an assist from freshman midfielder/forward Sophie Harlan. The two underclassmen have been the scoring connection in each of the team’s goals this season as Anderson assisted Harlan in a goal against Northwestern.

While the Wildcats’ defense kept pressure off redshirt senior Rachel Harris for the majority of the match, the offense kept the pressure on the Bears from the start, ending the first half with 14 shots. The Wildcats finished the game with 27 shots and 12 shots on goal, led by Anderson with six shots and one shot on goal.

The Wildcats stand at a record of 0-1-1 two matches into the season. The team’s next match comes Thursday, Aug. 25 against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas.