Kansas State soccer topped Iowa State 2-1 to secure the first Big 12 home win in program history at Buser Family Park Friday night. Brookelynn Entz’s two goals lifted the Wildcats after trailing at halftime.
“It was bound to happen,” Kansas State head coach Mike Dibbini said in a release. “We continued to be the aggressor, control the game and that was a tough defensive team. We just had to get a little more creative, adjust at halftime with sending our outside backs a little bit higher up to get more numbers up and create overloads on the outside.
“I’m just proud of the way we came out and competed today, and we did something different as far as finally (coming) from behind to win a Big 12 match. We just made history today by winning our first Big 12 match at home, so a lot of positives. I’m excited for the girls. They’ve been working really hard and they deserve it. Today was a launch game, and I feel like if we can continue to build off of this, hopefully we can steal a couple more games down the road.”
The win also made program history in that it was the first time the Wildcats overcame a one-goal deficit to win. An 18-match conference losing streak was snapped, including 13 matches decided by just one goal.
Iowa State entered the break with a 1-0 lead after scoring in the 29th minute. Courtney Powell made a run to a loose ball and scored from five yards out. Kassi Ginther got the assist.
Kansas State (3-9-2, 1-4-0 Big 12) tied the match in the 51st minute after junior midfielder Maddie Souder received a throw-in and found an open Entz in the center of the field. Entz needed only a couple dribbles to get enough space for the shot that tied the game from 23 yards away.
“I saw Brookelynn, and I know that when she gets the ball, she’s going to do something special,” Souder said, “so I just fed it to her and she did something special.”
Souder got her first assist on the season, and second of her career, on the play.
“Maddie (Souder) had the best game of her life,” Entz said. “She was all over, breaking up everything in the middle, just working so hard. When she gave me the ball, I just knew I had to finish it for her because she had done so much work. Everyone on the team has done so much work and there’s no team more deserving of a win than us. It’s just amazing that we could get it today.”
Kansas State kept the pressure going and scored another goal in the 64th minute. Entz played a ball to senior Katie Cramer. Iowa State (3-10-0, 0-4-0) then committed a foul in the box, giving Entz a penalty kick.
She drilled it.
“Honestly, I’m just glad we won,” Entz said. “I can’t even believe we won. It’s just an amazing feeling. I don’t even know how to explain it.”
Entz now has three goals on the season and ranks third on the team in goals scored. She became the first Wildcat to score two goals in a Big 12 match. She also became the first player in program history to score 10 goals. Friday night marked the third game-winning goal of her career.
Rachel Harris, the Wildcats’ redshirt sophomore goalkeeper, had two saves on the night and notched her second win of the season.
“This is exactly what we needed,” Souder said. “We’ve been talking about getting over this hump and we finally got over it. I just hope we can continue to do that in these next games.”
K-State next travels to Lawrence to play the Jayhawks at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.