K-State Sets Attendance Record in Home Opener


GAME RECAP

2

1

NR
NORTHERN IOWA
PANTHERS
4-4-1

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
2-5-2

LEADERS:
M. Brandt: 1 G
McDevitt: 1 G
Lesjak: 3 SVs

LEADERS:
Wagner: 1 G
Kalkofen: 1 A
Larkin: 4 SVs

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


MANHATTAN, Kansas – Playing in front of the largest crowd to witness a Division I women’s soccer match in the state of Kansas, K-State hosted the first official soccer match at the K-State Soccer Complex on Friday night. With a hard charge until the end, the Wildcats fell just short of defeating Northern Iowa, 2-1.

After a spending the first month of the season on the road, Kansas State (2-5-2) came home to a boisterous standing room-only crowd of 2,403 at the new K-State Soccer Complex. The previous record for an NCAA Division I women’s soccer match in the state of Kansas was 1,453 set by KU on October 17, 2014 against Texas Tech.

Kansas State’s Dora Gallo brought the crowd to its feet with anticipation in the 34th minute, as she fired a shot from 30 yards out and struck the crossbar.

Northern Iowa (4-4-1) took the lead in the 45th minute, as Amber Nieland found Mary Brandt on a corner kick. Brandt bumped the ball into K-State’s net for the 1-0 lead at half.

Out of the halftime session, the Panthers struck gold again. UNI’s Hannah McDevitt tallied the eventual game winner with a quick shot in the 47th minute.

The Wildcats pulled to within a goal in the 81st minute, as freshman forward Laramie Hall sent a high arching pass down the field and freshman midfielder Ashley Zane sent a header farther down the field. Sophomore forward Tatum Wagner outran her defender, then took an aggressive touch to beat her defender and  danced around the keeper who had come off her line. Wagner settled the ball and drilled the shot from 22 yards into an open net.

This was Wagner’s second goal of the season and K-State’s first ever goal at the K-State Soccer Complex. Wagner now leads the team in total points this season with six, two goals and two assists.

K-State outshot Northern Iowa, 18-9, including 13 shots in a furious second half comeback attempt. The Wildcats’ Miranda Larkin made four saves, while UNI’s Maddie Lesjak collected three.

Kansas State will continue its four-match home stand next Friday, as the Wildcats host Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on COX Channel Kansas and K-StateHD.TV. An audio broadcast of the match will be available on 101.5 KMAN in Manhattan and for free at www.kstatesports.com.