K-State Secures First Win in Program History on Friday
K-State Secures First Win
Wagner: 1 G, 1 A
Sieperda: 1 G
Larkin: 5 SVs
Braun: 3 SVs
Dokka: 2 SOG
Bos: 1 SOG
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Kansas State entered its second official weekend of soccer action on Friday night at Oakland. The Wildcats achieved a program milestone with its first win, a 6-0 decision over the Golden Grizzlies, who played in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
“From the first half last Friday to now the sixth half, it has been a mentality change and believing and understanding that we will have the individual players that have the talent but can we do it now together as a team defensively and understanding that we have a game plan and can you execute the game plan. Today they executed the game plan. They trusted and believed the system,” stated head coach Mike Dibbini about the program’s first win.
“We are slowly finding the pieces and units. We still have work to do, but we will celebrate the win today. The more we play together, the more confidence we’ll get and the more chances we will create. I am proud of the girls. They came out and executed and played hard for the 90 minutes. We didn’t let down after we scored a couple goals but they just kept going. It was fun to watch.”
Kansas State’s first lead in program history came 226:20 into the inaugural season, as junior Abby Sieperda stole possession from 20 yards away from the Oakland goal. Sieperda drove it to the net and beat the Oakland keeper to the lower left post for the 1-0 K-State lead. The tally was the second career collegiate goal for Sieperda and the first of her K-State career.
K-State (1-1-1) increased its lead to 2-0 seven minutes later, as sophomore Tatum Wagner found freshman Dora Gallo wide open in the middle of the field from 23 yards out. Two dribbles later to the top of the 18 yard box, Gallo fired a line drive rocket to the left the Golden Grizzlies’ keeper who was left flat footed. The goal was the first of Gallo’s career.
“I think we all came out and just wanted to get the first win and coach said that our best defense is our offense,” said Wagner about the team’s effort on Friday.
The K-State lead went to 3-0 in the 35th minute, as junior Addie Jenkins beat the outstretched arms of the Oakland keeper and bounced the shot into the net off the left post from 20 yards out. The goal was the first of Jenkins’ collegiate career.
K-State kept the pressure on Oakland to start the second half, as freshman Madalyn Russell played a beautiful ball from midfield ahead to Wagner in the 55th minute. Wagner carried possession to within eight yards of the net and beat the Oakland keeper on the lower right of the net for a 4-0 lead. This was Wagner’s second career collegiate goal and the first of her K-State career. She finished the night with three points.
The Wildcats built the lead to 5-0 in the 71st minute, as redshirt freshman Krista Haddock broke out following a deflected pass by Oakland. Haddock drove almost 30 yards before firing off a left-footed shot from nine yards out to the right post.
Kansas State piled on with its third goal of the second half, as freshman Taylor Rasmussen found sophomore Morgan Mauck open 28 yards from the Oakland goal in the 78th minute. Mauck took the space and fired a shot to the far left post. This was Mauck’s fifth career collegiate goal and first as a Wildcat.
K-State finished the night with 14 total shots, including nine on goal. Oakland fired off 12 shots and put five on goal. The Wildcats’ Miranda Larkin finished with her second straight shutout and the third of her collegiate career.
Kansas State will conclude its trip to the state of Michigan on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats face Central Michigan at 12 p.m. (CT), in Mount Pleasant. A live stream of the match will be available for free at www.cmuchippewas.com. The match will also be broadcast on 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan and for free at www.kstatesports.com.