K-State Post Match Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Mike Dibbini
On getting to play the inaugural home game…
“It was great to get out here, it was great to see a huge crowd out here and support us and so on. I think the game of soccer itself brings a lot of support and we’re very excited about it.”

On Northern Iowa’s late first half goal and the rest of the game…
“Its tough you know, I think one area we've struggled with all season is defending set pieces. We look at our 8 or 9 goals that were scored on us this year, I think 6 of them have been on defending set pieces. Unfortunately, I wish we could have got out of the half with zeros, so we could adjust and we made an adjustment and as you could see in the second half we had a lot of opportunities. This game was basically a game of missed opportunities for us. We just didn't capitalize on our opportunities and they capitalized on their opportunities. We just got to get back to the drawing board and figure it out.”

On sophomore forward Tatum Wagner’s late goal…
“We were hoping to get one a little earlier so we had more time the rest of the half. Unfortunately we got it late and there was not much time the clock was our enemy there. If you give us 5 more minutes, I think we maybe could have come up with another one but it was just really too late.”

On positives the team can take away from this game…
“I think in the beginning if we can continue to focus on coming out of the gates a little bit quicker with a little more urgency that would help us tremendously. What it does is it allows us to take a little more pressure off ourselves and create more scoring chances early."

Sophomore forward Tatum Wagner
On the K-State fan base…
“I don’t think anyone expected it to be this big and its amazing and it definitely helps you.”

On energy from playing at home…
“Coach said they added our 12th man and I think its definitely an advantage to play at home with all these fans.”

On scoring the first goal at home…
“I was just trying as hard as I could because we needed to get back after a 2-0 and we barely had any time so I was just working my hardest to get a goal.”