K-State, Omaha Play to Draw on Sunday

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From K-State Athletics

For the third time in four seasons, Kansas State played an overtime match in the opening weekend. K-State and Omaha played to a scoreless draw on Sunday afternoon at Caniglia Field.

K-State is winless in 11 straight matches dating back to the 2018 season, including a six-match road winless stretch.

Kansas State (0-1-1) led in total shots, 16-8, but only tallied a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. The Wildcats had a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks.

K-State and Omaha (0-1-1) were scoreless in the first half. K-State senior goalkeeper Emma Malsy pocketed a pair of saves, including a diving effort, in the first 45 minutes.

The Wildcats fended off a pair of early threats in the second half from Omaha. K-State then attacked for the final 20 minutes, but were unable to convert an attempt in regulation.

Five minutes into the first overtime session, K-State’s Brookelynn Entz played a ball into the 18-yard box to Christina Baxter. Baxter was unable to pull the trigger on a shot but crossed a ball into the middle of the 18-yard box. Entz was beaten to the ball by Omaha goalkeeper Kelly Lemke preventing the goal.

With two minutes remaining in the match, Entz crossed a ball and narrowly missed the head of Baxter on the left post.

K-State had a breakaway chance with 30 seconds to play, but Caylee Thornhill’s shot settled into Lemke’s arms.

In its first four seasons as a program, K-State has tallied a loss and a draw in three of the opening weekends.

Kansas State opens Buser Family Park on Thursday, as the Wildcats host Arkansas State at 7 p.m. The first 200 fans will receive free K-State Soccer thundersticks.

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