Sooners score early, pushing past K-State 

Forward Sophie Harlan passes the ball before her Memphis opponent tries to steal. The Wildcats fell to the Tigers 0-1 on Sept. 7 at Buser Family Park. (Haylee Haslett | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State soccer falls to 2-5-3 after a 2-0 loss to Oklahoma in Norman. The Wildcats fall to 0-1-1 in league standings as K-State continues its road stretch.

The Sooners got off to a quick start, driving the ball deep into K-State territory early. Both teams battled for the ball, ending in a corner kick for the Sooners.

Defender Andie Wolfe set up the kick, striking the ball into traffic where midfielder Cailey England scored the first goal of the night 74 seconds into the match to put the Sooners up 1-0.

Despite the early lead, the Wildcats fought off Oklahoma’s offense, keeping the shot margin close entering the half at 5-4.

Midfielder/forward Sophie Harland almost got the Wildcats back into the game before half, striking the ball to the right edge of the net. The ball bounced off the crossbar in the closest attempt the Wildcats would get to a goal in the match. 

Returning from half, Oklahoma capitalized on scoring opportunities. In the 52nd minute of play, a foul on K-State set up a free kick for the Sooners. 

Forward Alexis Washington launched the ball into traffic where Wildcat defender Kenzi Gillispie accidentally kicked in the goal for the final score of the night.

The Sooners kept the ball out of K-State’s possession as much as possible as time expired with its lead. K-State continued to fight to stay in the game but came up short.

The Wildcats continued to struggle offensively as they failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Defensively, the Wildcats limited the Sooners through the first half, but adjustments and fatigue in the second pushed Oklahoma to a 13-7 shot advantage on the night.

Play was rough at times for both teams, but with an inexperienced roster, the Wildcats look to work through the growing pains and create momentum down the stretch.

K-State continues league play at Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.