There were two minutes of complete silence at a full Buser Family Park during Kansas State soccer's 2-1 loss to Arkansas State Thursday evening.
K-State soccer forward Hannah Davis crumpled to the ground and screamed, tightly clutching her right knee as the medical staff rushed to her side. Davis was in the midst of a game where she already had scored a goal and likely would have many more opportunities the way the Wildcats were pressuring the Red Wolves.
Davis, a junior, left in the 66th minute did not return. She was on crutches and wearing a brace in the huddle after the game. There was no update given on her status. Wildcats head coach Mike Dibbini said he hoped it's just a bruise and to see her return, but the moment had a lasting impact.
“It was deflating," Dibbini said. "We have one of our offensive threats that goes down, it’s tough, especially when you’re trying to build it. It’s tough losing her in the game, but let’s pray that she gets back. She’s a huge, integral part of our offense. She’s dynamic and creates chances for us. It’s tough and unfortunate that we lost her there.”
Katie Cramer, K-Stat's senior captain, was visibly emotional talking about Davis' injury.
“Losing Hannah is something that is really tough," Cramer said. "She’s a hard worker. She brings a lot of energy to the table every single game. You saw her, she would’ve had two goals today, if not more, if she would have stayed out there. That’s really tough for us, so we are going to have to sell out for the rest of the year for her.”
Dibbini praised Davis for her dynamic abilities on offense. He said she creates a lot of chances for the Wildcats, and that was on display Thursday. Davis' goal came as an equalizer on an assist from Brookelynn Entz.
A junior midfielder, Entz was hopeful about Davis' future. She and Davis, Entz said, are a tandem.
“I heard (assistant coach Kat Benton) say it when we were watching film, that ‘Any ball that you play Hannah, she is just going to make it look good,’ because she can use her speed, get behind the defense and make something out of nothing," said Entz, who took 10 shots in the game. "That’s what I really appreciate about Hannah. Honestly, we connect really well. She’s always there for me when I put a ball in the box and she is always there to finish it for me. So I love having her on the field. I’m hoping she is OK so she can get back out here and help us out.”
The Wildcats had plenty of opportunities, dominating the shots category 27-5, and if the Wildcats were without Davis for an extended period, it would mean allocating scoring elsewhere. Cramer suggested the answer to that could be mental.
"We do all the hard work, we get there and get the cross off," Cramer said. "I think we are thinking about it too much, a little bit. Sometimes we just need to go out there and play like we did when we were 7 or 8 (years old) growing up and just putting them in the back of the net every time we touch the ball. We need to have that confidence in knowing that, if you miss it, there is going to be a girl behind you who is going to get it and put it in.”