For the first time in the team’s three-year history, the K-State Wildcats women’s soccer team is 2-0 after their first two games.
They’ll try to close their season-opening three-game homestand when they take on the Drake Bulldogs Thursday night. Gametime is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the K-State Soccer Complex, but can be heard on 101.5 KROCK and online at kstatesports.com, or watched on ESPN3.
The Bulldogs finished 13-4-2 last season, including a 4-2-1 record on the road. This season, they are 1-1, having opened the season with 2-1 loss to San Francisco Aug. 17 before beating Fresno State 2-1 Aug. 19. Both games were played at neutral locations.
The Bulldogs are without last year’s team-leader in goals, then-redshirt senior Rebecca Rodgers, who had 12 goals and two assists in 19 games of play, with 17 starts.
This year, they are led by freshman Alison Walls, who has started both games, earning one of the team’s three goals and its only assist for three total points. Her goal has come on just one shot for her this season, giving her a perfect shooting percentage.
K-State opened with a 1-0 win over Saint Louis Aug. 17, then beat Oakland 4-0 Aug. 19.
At home, the Wildcats are 7-6-1 all-time in their 36-game history, and have outscored opponents 22-14 when playing at the K-State Soccer Complex.
The Wildcats are anchored in net by redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Emma Malsy, who earned K-State’s soccer team its first shutout since they beat Kansas Oct. 6, 2017. She has played all of K-State’s 180 minutes on the pitch this season, allowing zero goals.
After Thursday’s game, the Wildcats head to Santa Clara, California to take on the nationally ranked Santa Clara Brocos Aug. 30. The Broncos are 2-0.