Kansas bests K-State in soccer season finale

Forward Andra Mohler focuses on the ball while dribbling downfield. K-State tied Cincinnati 1-1 on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Buser Family Park. (Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s note: Made edits for concision.

On a windy night in Lawrence, the Kansas State Wildcats fell to the Kansas Jayhawks 2-1. K-State finishes their season last place in the Big 12.

In the first half of play, the Jayhawks got off to a fast start. With wind at their side, the Jayhawks drove into Wildcat territory through the first few minutes, recording multiple shot attempts.

The Jayhawks’ pressure paid off, resulting in the first score of the match coming from midfielder Raena Childers, finding the left corner of the net.

The rest of the half found K-State struggling offensively to finish drives. Many times defenders would intercept passes or tip shots, breaking any offensive rhythm.

The Wildcats had a one-score deficit entering the second half, looking to rally for the final time this season.

K-State pressured the Jayhawk defense in the second half, kicking six of their nine shots on the night.

In the 75th minute of play, the Jayhawks broke through the Wildcat defense again with a strike from forward/midfielder Jocelyn Herrema, finding the back of the net for the insurance goal.

The waning minutes of the game saw more action for some of K-State’s developing players.

K-State did not leave scoreless — a final-minute effort saw a goal scored by midfielder Khaliana Garrett, ending the Wildcats’ season on a bittersweet note.

The Jayhawks outshined the K-State offense, recording 18 shots to the Wildcats’ nine. Childers played a large role in the Jayhawks victory, recording one goal and two shots on goal.

Forward Andra Mohler led the Wildcats in shots with three on the night, along with Garrett with the long score.

It’s a bitter end to a frustrating season for the Wildcats. Hopefully with time and an offseason to improve, it will only be up from here.