Efficient goalkeeping results in a draw for K-State and Creighton

Forward Kiran Singh takes a corner kick in the 0-0 draw against Creighton. Singh had two shot attempts with one on goal in the game which took K-State to a 2-0-2, the longest the team hasn't lost a game to start the season in program history. (Avery Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s note: Corrected a misspelling of Creighton on one occasion.

Kansas State soccer advances to 2-0-2 after a back-and-forth match against the Creighton Bluejays. With the tie, the Wildcats set a program record for games without a loss to start the season with four.

The match began with both teams settling into play. Each team took early drives deep into opposing territory but ended with no shots recorded. K-State recorded the first shot of the match with a strike from defender Jazmin Brown to the right post of the net in the 18th minute. 

Each team marked the first half with preventing offensive momentum. Entering the second half, adjustments allowed for more scoring opportunities from both sides. 

K-State began driving the ball into Bluejay territory, resulting in an offensive sequence that ended with seven shots, two on goal for K-State, but ending with no score.

Creighton responded with its own offensive drive and put up three shots, one nearly sneaking into the top of the net but hitting the crossbar and falling out of bounds.

Aggressive play continued into the final minute, with a more experienced Creighton team stopping K-State’s offense from gaining rhythm.

“We get ourselves in the moment but taking that deep breath and just kind of focusing on that composure part would allow us to put those [goals] away.” head coach Mike Dibbini said.

The Bluejays field a veteran experienced team. Over 10 players on the roster are seniors or graduate students allowing for a more challenging opponent for the younger Wildcat team.

“Their [Creighton] record is very deceiving,” Dibbini said. “They played Missouri, St. Louis and Nebraska coming into this game, so they’re ready to go.”

The Wildcats’ next match is on the road against Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, in Nashville, Tennessee.