No. 19 Minnesota Nets Pair of Goals to Top K-State in Exhibition Play

Final Stats

MINNEAPOLIS –
K-State didn’t waste any time taking its shot at No. 19 Minnesota in exhibition play, logging the first shot of the game less than 20 seconds in, and narrowly missed an opportunity to strike first in the second half, but the Gophers netted two goals in the final 30 minutes to top the Wildcats 2-0 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium Friday night.

K-State freshman forward Hannah Davis had a shot attempt blocked just 13 seconds into the game that led to a Wildcat corner just 30 seconds in, but it was a veteran Minnesota side, playing its second exhibition game of the season, that controlled the offensive attack for much of the game. K-State was out-shot 21-6 by the top-25 foe, but went 60 minutes without allowing a goal and had several scoring chances, including a Christina Baxter try off the post in the 59th minute. 

Five of K-State’s six shots came from freshmen, including two each from Davis and Brookelynn Entz. K-State senior goal keeper Miranda Larkin posted a clean sheet for the first half and stopped three Gopher shots before being replaced by Tania Chassot for the second half.

“We played a very, very good team, really well for about 65 or 70 minutes and dodged some moments, but that's the game of soccer,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said. “I felt like we created a few good chances ourselves. I'm pleased with overall effort tonight.”

Minnesota goalie Kailee Sharp posted her second shutout of exhibition play after but was tested more than in the Gophers’ 1-0 win at Creighton, stopping shots from both Davis and Entz.
 
After Baxter’s try went off the frame near the hour mark, Minnesota answered with its own shot off the post a little more than a minute later before Molly Fielder beat Chassot for the eventual game winner in the 62nd minute. Minnesota added a second tally from Athena Kuehn 10 minutes later.  

K-State will meet UMKC in Kansas City at 3 p.m. Sunday in its second and final exhibition match before opening up its second regular season in Oregon with Oregon State on August 18 and Oregon on August 20. The Wildcats will not return home until August 30, when they face off against Omaha at 7 p.m.
 
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