Sheaff records season high saves in 2-0 loss to BYU

Sophomore goalkeeper Murphy Sheaff defends the goal as she kicks the ball downfield. The Wildcats defeated the Cougars 1-0 on Oct. 5 at Buser Family Park. (Haylee Haslett | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State soccer suffered a 2-0 loss after a late push by BYU put the Cougars ahead.

BYU entered the matchup ranked seventh in the nation and undefeated in league play. The Cougars boast the highest-scoring offense in the league going against a struggling K-State team.

The first half saw the Wildcats weather the storm against the barrage of shots from BYU. Goalkeeper Murphy Sheaff was under constant duress, deflecting everything shot her way. The Cougars ended the half with a 23-2 shot advantage and nine corner kicks.

Entering the second half, the Wildcats continued holding defensively, but fatigue set in while the Cougars’ offense began building confidence.

In the 75th minute of play, BYU’s offense would strike first, advancing the ball down the field and hitting a cross from Brecken Mozingo to Allie Fryer for a kick to the back left of the net. It marked the first score late in the second half, but it wouldn’t be the last.

The Wildcats looked to rally defensively before the Cougars rallied again in the 82nd minute with a strike from Kendell Petersen for the final score on the night 2-0.

Sheaff had an outstanding performance, facing 38 shots on the night and recording a season-high 13 saves. She also tied the school record and Big 12 record with it.

K-State moves to 1-5-1 in league standings and looks to finish strong on its season for the final stretch in Manhattan. The Wildcats return back home to face West Virginia at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, in Buser Family Stadium.