Second Half Goal for K-State Equals Second Win

GAME RECAP

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0

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
2-2-2

NR
OMAHA
MAVERICKS
2-2-0

LEADERS:
Gallo: 1 G
Hall: 1 A
Larkin: 5 SVs

LEADERS:
Meader: 4 shots
Four tied: 2 shots
Bunker: 4 SVs

TEAM 1ST 2ND F
K-State 0 1
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Omaha 0 0 0

OMAHA, Nebraska – Playing through sporadic rain showers on Sunday at Caniglia Field, Kansas State completed its first unblemished weekend with a 1-0 win over Omaha.

“My only concern today was seeing our players fight through fatigue after playing overtime on Friday night,” said head coach Mike Dibbini. “We saw it firsthand that our legs were just not underneath us. It took us a defensive half to make some adjustments at the half. They responded very well in the second half and the urgency was better. Once we got a couple of shots off early in the second half, we realized that we could make it happen.”

After a scoreless first half, K-State’s (2-2-2) Miranda Larkin was forced to make a leaping save on 25 yard direct kick by Omaha. The ball hit the right upper 90 and Morgan Egan cleared it for K-State.

Omaha’s (2-2-0) subsequent throw-in was cleared by K-State and redshirt sophomore Haley Sutter advanced the ball quickly up the right sideline. Sutter sent a lead pass ahead to freshman Laramie Hall, who carried the ball to the Omaha goal line on the right side of the net. Just before she ran out of real estate, Hall centered the ball to freshman Dora Gallo inside the six-yard box and Gallo tallied the goal. This was Gallo’s second goal of the season and K-State’s first goal in a Sunday match this season.

“I saw the goal and I saw Laramie going and I had confidence in her that she was going to get to the ball,” said Gallo about her game-winning goal. “We have been working on crosses through practice and warm-ups. It was a good set piece. I was surprised that it reached my foot. I was prepared to get a deflection but it just came to me.”

Dibbini was pleased with how the play was executed by the Wildcats.

“It was cleared with great recognition from Miranda. We basically transitioned high from Haley, who recognized the space and took it. It was basically what we had worked on all week with them. The one good opportunity we had they executed it well. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls for coming away from this weekend with four points.”

K-State’s Larkin finished the day with five saves and improved her record this season to 2-0-2. This was her third shutout of the season. For the afternoon, Omaha held the edge in total shots, 16-7, and corners, 7-3.

Kansas State will bring its season-opening eight-game road trip to a conclusion next weekend in the state of Arkansas. K-State will face Central Arkansas on Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m., and Little Rock on Sunday, September 11 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan and for free on www.kstatesports.com.