Gonzaga defeats K-State 3-2 in overtime

Aly Rocha (26) crosses the ball into midfield in the first half at Buser Family Park on Thursday.

Kansas State soccer’s fourth season finished Thursday night in a 4-1 loss to Texas Tech at John Walker Soccer Complex.

The Wildcats went 3-13-2 (1-8-0 Big 12) on the season and the Red Raiders improved to 14-2-2 (6-1-2 Big 12) with the win.

Kansas State had a few opportunities early in the match but Texas Tech took control early with a goal in the fourth minute. Kirsten Davis got her 14th goal of the year on the shot.

The Red Raiders didn’t wait long to strike again, scoring another goal in the 11th minute.

The hosts scored a third goal five minutes later, this one from Davis again.

Texas Tech made it 4-0 on a goal from Penelope Mulenga in the 20th minute, putting the Wildcats in a significant hole.

“We came out of the gates slow,” Kansas State head coach Mike Dibbini said in a release. “We were a little scared and timid defensively. We still created some good chances offensively, but defensively, we just didn’t impose our will.”

Kansas State got a goal from senior Aly Rocha, her first of her career, in the 57th minute during the second half.

“That was awesome,” Dibbini said. “She’s had a great career at K-State. She’s been working really hard for us, and she deserved that.”

Thursday was the final match for Rocha, Katie Carmer, Laramie Hall, Emma Malsy and Ashley Zane.

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