Kansas State soccer played to a draw on the road against Omaha on Sunday at Caniglia Field, marking the third time in four seasons the team has played in an overtime match in the opening weekend.
The Wildcats haven’t won in 11 consecutive matches, including six straight losses on the road.
“The effort and the energy we had Friday night wasn’t there and we were a little zapped,” Kansas State head coach Mike Dibbini said in a release. “I didn’t feel like we had it consistently today. We were a step too slow. I felt like our back five with our four backs and holding mid did a nice job playing out of the back and getting a shutout. That is a positive we can take away.”
The Wildcats (0-1-1) had more shots, 16-8, but only had four shots on goal in the second half. They did have the edge in corners, 9-3.
Goalkeeper Emma Malsy had two saves against Omaha (0-1-1) in the first half, including making a diving stop.
The Wildcats’ defense was firm in the second half, too, preventing a score on a couple early opportunities to open the half.
The Wildcats had a good chance to win it in overtime when Brookelynn Entz had a nice ball in the box to Christina Baxter, but Baxter couldn’t get a shot. Omaha goalkeeper Kelly Lemke eventually made the stop.
Entz had another opportunity, but missed Baxter’s head near the left post. The Wildcats had one last chance with a breakaway by Caylee Thornhill, but the shot went right into Lemke’s arms.
The Wildcats have now had a loss and a draw in three of the last four opening weekends.
“We need to regroup and understand that we have to put both ends together for us to be successful and build off it,” Dibbini said. “It is the first weekend, on the road. Tough environments on the road. We need to take these moments and learn from these moments and get better.”