Kansas State soccer came up just short against Texas on Sunday, losing 1-0 at Buser Family Park.
“I felt like we did a good job of competing,” K-State head coach Mike Dibbini said in a release. “We had some chances, they had some chances. They’re a good team. I just feel like, right now, we’re in a stage where we’ve got to continue to keep working hard, which they will. The harder we work, the luckier we’re going to get and it’ll bounce our way once we can continue to do that. It’s coming. We’re on the verge. We’re on the brink. We’ve just had some unlucky breaks. They scored the one that mattered and that’s coming for us.”
Texas tallied a 12-4 margin in total shots in the first half. K-State (2-7-2, 0-2-0 Big 12) notched two of its four first-half shots on goal with freshman Bailey Nemechek and senior Katie Cramer tallying one apiece.
In the second half, K-State played with the breeze at its back and pocketed an 11-10 edge in total shots.
The Longhorns recorded the lone goal in the match in the 87th minute, courtesy of Julia Grosso, a member of the Canadian National Team for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Texas held a 22-15 edge in total shots and a 9-5 lead in shots on goal. K-State held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-3.
K-State freshman Shae Turner is eager to move forward.
“Obviously it’s a little frustrating how the season has gone a little bit,” she said. “Last year, obviously I wasn’t here, but I just know that we had trouble even getting out of our own half. But this year we are competing and getting shots off. ... We’re competing in every aspect of the game and it’s honestly just that last 30 seconds. That last extra tackle that needs to be made.”
Kansas State will play four of its next five matches on the road, as the Wildcats begin a two-match swing through Oklahoma on Thursday. K-State will face Oklahoma at 7 p.m., in Norman on Thursday and visit Stillwater on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., to face Oklahoma State.