Kansas State’s soccer team had a chance to end its losing streak Sunday afternoon against Oklahoma State — but it wasn’t in the cards.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into halftime on the No. 25 Cowgirls, but they couldn’t hold it. Oklahoma State responded with two goals in the second half, good for a 2-1 win in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
K-State (2-9-2, 0-4-0 Big 12) has now lost five straight.
“This was one of the best matches we have ever played, from a tactical and possession standpoint,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said in a release. “I thought we were the better team. We outplayed them for 86 of the 90 minutes, but this game is pretty cruel. We let down for four minutes and a team like that, which has been around the block, didn’t panic and scored the two goals they needed.”
Senior Katie Cramer scored her team’s lone goal. The play started with junior Brookelynn Entz, who found redshirt freshman Bailey Nemechek. She booted it ahead to Cramer, who fired from 18 yards out, watched the ball tip off an Oklahoma State defender and sail into the back of the net.
“The whole team was involved with the goal,” said Cramer, who now has four goals on the season. “We were switching balls really well and we were keeping it. We were swinging it from side to side and it made the defense shift to the right side. Bailey Nemechek has great awareness on the field and she found my feet on the back side and I just finished it.”
Oklahoma State (9-1-3, 2-1-1) wasn’t done, though.
The Cowgirls leveled the match at 1-all in the 48th minute, when Hannah Webb crossed a ball from the left side of the 18-yard box. The pass landed just outside the 6-yard box, where Grace Yochum scored past K-State goalkeeper Rachel Harris.
Two minutes later, the Cowgirls took the lead for good. This time, Webb snaked a pass inside the 18-yard box, where Gabriella Coleman sealed off a K-State defender, spun to her right and used her left foot to laser a shot into the net.
K-State returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday, hosting Iowa State at Buser Family Park.
“It is a process,” Dibbini said. “We are only in our third year in the Big 12, and we can’t forget that. We are trying to do a lot of work, 25-plus years of work, in our third year in the league and fourth year overall. We are making teams adjust to us. We are making them nervous, and that is a good sign for us.”