Kansas State Drops Inaugural Season Finale





10-5-2 (3-0-1 MVC)

Larkin: 7 SVs
  Haddock: 1 SOG
  Sutter: 1 Shot

  Koehl: 1 G
Basler: 1 G
  Del Fava: 1 Asst

K-State 0 0 0
Illinois State
0 2

NORMAL, Illinois – K-State soccer put a cap on its inaugural season of action on Thursday night at Illinois State’s Adelaide Street Field. The Redbirds continued their winning ways by downing the Wildcats, 2-0.

“That was a great team out there, they are proven winners,” said head coach Mike Dibbini. “We battled and we competed. We have to be proud with the way our players competed tonight against a very good team. Defensively, we did a good job. We held them scoreless in the first half. In the second half, the match opened up. We continued to battle and we didn’t give up. We had a couple opportunities late in the game that could have put us back in the game but we just weren’t able to convert.”

Kansas State concludes its inaugural season with a 4-9-3 record. The Wildcats close out the season with a four-match losing streak. Illinois State improved to 10-5-2 and remain unbeaten in their last 10 matches (eight wins, two ties).

K-State was held without a shot in the opening half, but kept Illinois State off the board on their nine attempts. Kansas State redshirt junior goalkeeper Miranda Larkin made five saves on the nine shots, including a tremendous diving save on a 10-yard line drive rocket in the 39th minute.

This was the first time K-State held an opponent off the scoreboard in the first half since Sept. 30 against UMKC. It was the first road match without allowing an opponent to register a first half goal since Sept. 4 at Omaha.

In the 50th minute, Illinois State’s potent attack broke through for the first goal of the match. Kate Del Fava dribble the ball hard to K-State’s left post. Just before reaching the end line, she crossed a ball to the front of the goal mouth. Larkin made an attempt at a diving stop, but the ball slid by her and the Redbirds’ leading scorer, Lauren Koehl put her right foot on the ball and into the net.

Illinois State increased its lead to 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Koehl fired a shot from seven yards that Larkin blocked, but the rebound fell to the feet of Abby Basler who sent the ball into the open net from four yards. This was the first time all season that K-State surrendered two or more goals in a second half.

In the 77th minute, Kansas State redshirt freshman forward Krista Haddock stole a ball from the Illinois State defenders in their 18-yard box and fired a rocket of a shot from 14 yards out. Illinois State goalkeeper Vanessa Niestrom was forced into a diving save over the bar. It was K-State first shot on goal.

Thursday night’s match was the collegiate career finale for K-State’s lone senior, defender Abbey Fiser. Fiser played all 90 minutes against the Redbirds and saw action in 15 matches with 12 starts this season.

Overall in the program’s first season, K-State registered 16 goals and 11 assists for a total of 43 points. The Wildcats were led in scoring by sophomore forward Tatum Wagner with three goals and four assists for 10 points and freshman midfielder Laramie Hall.

In goal, Kansas State was paced by Larkin with a 4-7-3 record and pocketed the program’s first five shutouts.

“These young women have done a tremendous job this year. I am proud of them.” said Dibbini about the inaugural season. “They have laid a great foundation for the future for the program. We did the improbable this year by starting from scratch in a Power 5 conference. It was going to be difficult to get wins from the beginning but we did and we also played very close matches against some quality opponents this season. We look forward to continuing to build the program for future success.”

Kansas State will play a complete Big 12 schedule in the 2017 season. To become a member of the K-State Founder’s Club and have access to season tickets for the 2017 season, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.