K-State Visits Texas for Non-Conference Match-Up

GAME PREVIEW
OCT 7, 7:00 PM CT

Mike A. Myers Stadium
Austin, Texas

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
4-6-3

NR
TEXAS
LONGHORNS
6-6-1 (0-3-1 Big 12)

Longhorn Network
101.5 KROCK

MANHATTAN, Kansas - After beginning a four-match road trip to close out its inaugural season at Drake last weekend, Kansas State travels to Austin, Texas, on Friday to face Texas at 7 p.m. Friday night’s match is a non-conference match, as the Wildcats will get a small taste of Big 12 action this season before joining the league in the 2017 season.

• Friday night’s match will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network. An audio broadcast of Friday’s match 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
• K-State split the weekend, as the Wildcats defeated UMKC in the 2016 home finale on Sept. 30, 2-0, and dropped the opener of a four-match road trip at Drake on Oct. 2, 1-0.
• A pair of freshmen registered goals against UMKC to send K-State to consecutive wins for the first time in program history. Freshman Ashley Zane registered her first career goal, as sophomore Tatum Wagner crossed a ball high across the UMKC goal. Freshman Laramie Hall gathered the pass and laid the ball off to Zane who sent it home in the 51st minute. In the 82nd minute, Hall sealed the win with her third goal of the season.
• Junior goalkeeper Miranda Larkin tallied her second straight shutout and her fifth of the season by carding five saves.
• Drake tallied a goal off a header in the 42nd minute and then held K-State without a shot on goal in the second half. The loss ended K-State’s longest unbeaten streak (a tie and two wins) in the program’s first season.

Texas at a Glance
• Texas (6-6-1) hosts the K-State on Friday night and will look to end a four-match winless stretch, including three straight losses. The Longhorns dropped a pair of Big 12 matches last weekend at home, falling to Oklahoma State on Sept. 30, 2-1, and dropping Sunday’s match against Kansas, 1-0.
• The Longhorns are led by fifth year head coach Angela Kelly. Kelly is 45-36-13 (.548) during her time in Austin.
• Texas is led in scoring by Alexa Adams with 12 points. Adams also leads the team with five goals this season.

Attendance Record Broken in Home Opener
• Excitement for the Kansas State women’s soccer was high in the program’s inaugural four-match home schedule. K-State averaged 2,265 fans in the four matches which ranks fourth in the nation for average attendance. K-State ranks fifth in the nation for percent of capacity filled, as K-State was at 107.85 percent of the capacity of the K-State Soccer Complex (2,100).
• In the inaugural home opener, on Friday, Sept. 16 against Northern Iowa, K-State set its season-high with 2,403 fans coming through the turnstiles for 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. Among Big 12 members’ largest home crowds in their history, it ranks as the sixth-highest total among the schools.

Better Late than Never for K-State
• Kansas State head coach Mike Dibbini has made his halftime adjustments count this season, as the Wildcats are outscoring opponents 12-5 in the second half this season.
• Five of K-State’s 16 goals this season have been scored between the 50th and 59th minutes of the match, while the Wildcats have scored three goals in the 80th to 89th minutes.
• The Wildcats’ have attempted 31 more shots in the second half this season (87-56) than the first and have scored six goals in the second half over the last five games.

Diverse Attack for the Wildcats
• K-State has been extremely diverse in its point totals in its inaugural schedule.
• Of the 43 points K-State has tallied this season, 14 players have notched at least one point.
• Among the 43 points, 16 have come on goals with 11 different players recording a goal this season. The only multiple goal scorers on the roster this season are sophomore forward Tatum Wagner (3), freshman midfielder/forward Laramie Hall (3) and freshman midfielder Dora Gallo (2).
• K-State owns four game-winning goals this season and four different players have tallied the winner: Abby Sieperda (at Oakland), Gallo (at Omaha), Kim Braddock (vs. South Dakota) and Ashley Zane (vs. UMKC).

Larkin Starts K-State Stint With Clean Sheets
• Junior goalkeeper Miranda Larkin has been spotless in five of her 11 starts this season, as she has recorded the only five shutouts in program history.
• Larkin made her first K-State start against SIUE on Aug. 21. This was the first live match action the Rockwall, Texas, native had seen since Nov. 1, 2013, against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners.
• Larkin backstopped the Wildcats with her second career shutout and a then career-high six saves in K-State’s 0-0 double overtime draw at SIUE.
• At Oakland on Aug. 26, Larkin made five saves to register her first win at K-State and the second of her collegiate career. It was her first win since Aug. 25, 2013 against Kennesaw State.
• For the season, Larkin has 62 saves and owns a season-high for shutout minutes at 243:52. She ranks 13th in the nation in save percentage (.886), 28th in the nation in shutouts and 35th in goals against average at 0.686.
• In her five shutouts, Larkin has made 26 total saves (5.2 saves per game).