Soccer unsuccessful against West Virginia after late goal

The soccer players cheer for their teammates as they are introduced before the game begins against the Houston Cougars. The Wildcats defeated Houston 1-0 in K-State's first Big 12 victory of the season. (Alexis Forgy | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State soccer fell against West Virginia in a grit-and-grind matchup that saw a late goal from the Mountaineers to seal the game. 

In the first half, the Wildcats could not find any success in attempting shots. K-State only recorded four attempts compared to West Virginia’s seven. 

 Fouling was a common occurrence for the Wildcats, finishing the half with seven. 

“We need to find ways to be more creative in the attack,” head coach Mike Dibbini said about the lack of shot attempts. “We just got to get back and work on that and figure out ways to get us more chances.”

The second half stayed at a score of 0-0 for quite some time. The game looked as if it could’ve ended in a tie as both teams defensively kept getting the best of the offense. In the 79th minute, the Mountaineers found the goal off a kick from forward Taylor White. This was enough for West Virginia to win 1-0 by the time the clock struck zero. 

“We just got to keep going, keep grinding,” Dibbini said. “We have a young team out there and it’s going to come … just got to stay with it.” 

The Wildcats’ next game will be its senior night, as they take on Iowa State at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 in Buser Family Stadium.