K-State’s defense holds Northwestern to a draw 

Then-sophomore forward Riley Baker dribbles the ball against Yale. K-State defeated Yale University 1-0 in their matchup on Sept. 9, 2022, at Buser Family Park. (Archive photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State soccer concluded its opening road tour with a tie against Northwestern in a 0-0 draw. K-State entered the match as underdogs to a program ranked 18th in the nation and previously defeated K-State in its home opener of the 2022 season. The tie marked the first time in program history K-State tied on the road against a ranked team.

Northwestern offensively took full possession in early play. Northwestern outshot K-State 12-0 with two shots on goal through the first half. K-State failed to gain any offensive momentum until the second.

K-State quickly recorded its first shot attempts in the first few minutes of the second period.

Northwestern swiftly responded, adding seven more shots in the second half to total 19 in the match.

Fouls became a nagging problem for K-State, allowing for more scoring opportunities for Northwestern. K-State recorded 12 total fouls in the afternoon with three yellow cards.

Despite the shot deficit, K-State held strong defensively with transfer Murphy Sheaff making a large impact in her second start as goalie. Sheaff faced five shots on goal throughout the match and recorded four saves while holding Northwestern to zero.

K-State returns to Manhattan to play its home opener against UTSA at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24,  in Buser Family Park.