K-State Hosts Pair of Summit League Teams This Weekend
K-State Hosts Pair of Matches This Weekend
MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas State will host a pair of home matches this weekend at the K-State Soccer Complex, as the Wildcats host Oral Roberts on Friday night at 7 p.m., and South Dakota on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. This will be the first time this season K-State will repeat a matchup with a conference (Summit League), as the Wildcats opened the season by facing nine opponents from nine different conferences.
• A standing room-only crowd is again anticipated for both matches this weekend. For available tickets or to become a member of the K-State Soccer Founder’s Club, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
• Friday night’s match will be broadcast statewide on COX Channel Kansas and globally on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller and Oscar Montenegro will handle the call. Sunday afternoon’s match will be broadcast globally on K-StateHD.TV. An audio broadcast of both matches will also be available on 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as the “Voice of K-State Soccer” Mitch Fortner will call the action.
Recapping the Weekend
• After playing its first eight matches of this inaugural season on the road, K-State (2-5-2) hosted a match at the K-State Soccer Complex on Sept. 16. Playing in front of the largest crowd to witness a Division I women’s soccer match in the state of Kansas (2,403), Kansas State was unable to overcome a 2-0 deficit and fell to Northern Iowa, 2-1.
• Sophomore forward Tatum Wagner tallied K-State’s first official home goal in the 81st minute. Wagner leads K-State in points this season with six (two goals and two assists).
• K-State held the edge in shots, 18-9, and corner kicks, 7-6.
Oral Roberts at a Glance
• Oral Roberts (5-5-0) ventures to Manhattan on Friday after ending a three-match losing streak with a resounding 7-0 win over Texas Southern on Sunday, Sept. 18.
• On the sidelines, the Golden Eagles are guided by fourth year head coach Roger Bush. During his time in Tulsa, Bush owns a 34-27-6 (.552) record.
• Oral Roberts is led in scoring by Lexi Jones with nine points, including a team-high four goals.
South Dakota at a Glance
• South Dakota (1-8-1) visits Manhattan this weekend looking to snap a seven-match losing streak. The Coyotes opened the season with a 1-0 win over Idaho on Aug. 19.
• The Coyotes are led by seventh year head coach Mandy Green. Green is 31-76-15 (.316) during her time with the program.
• South Dakota is led in scoring by Corey Strang with five points on two goals and an assist this season.
Attendance Record Broken in Home Opener
• Excitement for the Kansas State women’s soccer program’s home opener hit its fever pitch on Friday, Sept. 16, as 2,403 fans attended the first official home match at the K-State Soccer Complex.
• The 2,403 fans marks the most fans to attend a Division I women’s soccer match in the state of Kansas.
• As of September 21, the attendance mark ranks 20th in the nation for a single game in NCAA Division I women’s soccer this season. K-State is one of just 12 schools to appear among the top 20 in the single game attendance ranking.
• Among Big 12 members’ largest home crowds, it ranked as the sixth-highest total.
Wagner Nets First Home Goal in Program History
• Sophomore forward Tatum Wagner became a permanent part of the K-State soccer lore, as she recorded the program’s first home field goal.
• The native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, ran down a pass from freshman midfielder Ashley Zane, maneuvered past the UNI goalkeeper and sent the ball into an open net in the 81st minute.
• The goal was Wagner’s second of the season and increased her team-leading point total this season to six.
Back Four Clock In
• K-State’s most consistent back four lineup of: redshirt sophomore Haley Sutter and sophomores Morgan Egan, Kelcy Fiser and Megan Kalkofen are the only four players to log over 700 minutes of action this season (of a possible 850:00). All four players came to K-State after transferring from a previous Division I school (Sutter, Memphis; Egan, Pittsburgh; Fiser, Ball State; Kalkofen, Wisconsin).
• Kalkofen leads the Wildcats in minutes played at 836, while also starting all nine matches.
• Sutter has notched the second most minutes with 797 and has played in and started all nine matches. She is the only player among the four to have registered a point this season.
• Fiser is third in minutes played with 766 and has played in all nine matches with eight starts.
• Egan is fourth in minutes played with 742 and has played in and started all nine matches.