K-State, Oral Roberts Play to Draw on Friday Night






  Herrera: 1 G
  Morgan: 1 A
  Bohnenstiehl: 7 SVs

Hall: 1 G
Wagner: 1 A
Larkin: 10 SVs

Oral Roberts
0 1
0 1
K-State 0 1
0 1

Kansas State was on its way to its first home victory in program history on Friday night at the K-State Soccer Complex, but Oral Roberts registered a goal in the 88th minute to send the match to a 1-1 draw after two overtime sessions.

K-State is 2-5-3 on the season and ended a three-match losing streak, while Oral Roberts is 5-5-1.

“I thought it was definitely the best first half of the season for us,” said head coach Mike Dibbini. “We had a lot of good opportunities. We were very urgent when playing, which is the opposite of how we have played this season. I thought we had a really good second half. In the last five minutes we got pretty defensive because we were up 1-0 and were trying to protect the lead, but it happens. I am proud of the way we played today, in terms of the urgency and creating chances.”

In the 29th minute of the first half, Oral Roberts’ Nelly Mamabolo got behind the K-State defense for a breakaway chance. Mamabolo fired a shot from 18 yards out that K-State goalkeeper Miranda Larkin made a diving save on to keep the score knotted at zero and brought the crowd of 2,248 to its feet.

Larkin would finish the night with a career-high 10 saves, including five in the first half. Her five saves in the first half were a season-high for a first half by a K-State goalkeeper this season.

Kansas State broke through first in the second half. Sophomore forward Tatum Wagner crossed a pass from the right of the Golden Eagles net and freshman forward Laramie Hall zipped into the six yard box to deflect the pass into the net for a 1-0 K-State lead in the 57th minute. This was Hall’s second goal of the season and brings her overall point total to six.

After collecting the lead, the Wildcats held back the Oral Roberts attack for close to 30 minutes. The Golden Eagles evened the match on almost their final chance of the night. Mariah Morgan played a pass behind the K-State defense from the middle of the field. Alexia Herrera outraced the K-State defense and put the game-tying goal into the right side of the net in the 88th minute.

Neither team was able to put together a quality chance in the two 10-minute overtime sessions.

Oral Roberts finished the night with 23 shots with 11 on goal. Kansas State recorded 15 shots with nine on goal.

Kansas State will close out the weekend on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats host South Dakota at 1 p.m. Standing room only tickets for the match are available by calling (800) 221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

Sunday’s match will be available worldwide on K-StateHD.TV. A radio broadcast will also be available on 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan and for free at www.kstatesports.com.