ROUND ROCK, Texas – K-State got its first taste of the 2022 Sprouts Farmers Market Big 12 Soccer Championship quarterfinals, but the Wildcats couldn’t extend their run as top-seeded Texas secured a 4-0 win Sunday at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.
Kansas State finishes its season 6-10-3 and made its first appearance in the Big 12 Soccer Championship. Texas advances to the Big 12 semifinals and improves its record to 14-1-4.
FROM THE HEAD COACH
K-State head coach Mike Dibbin
On the historic seventh season and how they achieved their goals…
“I’m extremely proud of our group. They competed all year. They got better as the year went on. They stuck together even at the minimum. They played hard and I just couldn’t be more proud of where we started and where we are right now. Well done to the group. Seniors they brought that leadership this year and the rest of the returning group brought a lot of them that was so needed in this program and they were excited to see this program continue we are better and we have a great group coming back to learn for the next season and she understood what it means when you get to the tournament. I’m looking forward to the future of this program. It’s very, very bright.”
For playing Kyler Goins…
“Kyler has the ability to create so much for us on offense with her speed and finishing ability. Today was one of those games where if she found a goal in the back of the net, it could have been different.” Texas is a really good team and a really good team. They are a top 20 team for a reason, but mostly I felt that despite a few bad calls, the final score didn’t reflect how close the game was. .”
About the goalkeeper’s play this season Alaina Werremeyer…
“Her experience is valuable. She’s been there the last three years and she’s going into her senior season because with all that Big 12 experience she’s going to help this program move forward and we’re glad she had a great season and broke records, but she’s not done yet.”
FROM THE FIELD
Senior midfielder and co-captain Kursten von Klahr
On achieving the goal of playing in the program’s first Big 12 Championship…
“It’s so special and I’m over the moon that this is the team we get to do it with. It’s always hard work. When you set a goal you have to work really hard for it and we just bust our asses every day.” on the field and in the locker room, we just try to improve every opportunity. And I think we’re going to step on that field today and see our fans out there, see the coaches and everybody like the support staff that we have with us. it was a proud moment for the Cats today.”
On the growth of the freshmen and sophomores this season…
“I just told them they made our job very easy this year. Because all we ask of them is to work hard and learn as much as possible. And I think when we got into Big 12 play this year, we just switched it was the depth, that we had off the bench and even the rookies that we had were a core core part of our team.”
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
– Texas finished with a 20-10 advantage in shots, but was held to just 9-7 in shots on goal.
– K-State threatened to go ahead in the ninth minute of the first half. Senior Bailey Nemechek played the ball over the top of the Texas defense and found a sprint Kyler Goins on the left side of the field. The senior from Broken Arrow, Okla., collected and shot from 15 yards out, but the attempt was saved.
– Texas went ahead 1-0 in the 26th minute. On their sixth corner kick of the opening half, the Longhorns pinged the ball between Emily Jane Cox and Lexi Missimo before Holly Ward put it in.
– The Longhorns added their second goal in the 28th minute on another corner kick. Cox collided with the K-State goalie while attempting a corner kick Alaina Werremeyer. The ball deflected off Cox into the net.
– Texas went ahead 3-0 when Missimo finished off a penalty kick in the 34th minute. It was the first penalty kick attempted by a K-State opponent this season and the first since October 3, 2019 against Baylor.
– The Longhorns scored a field goal by Trinity Byars in the 70th minute.
– The Wildcats are 0-8-0 all-time against Texas.
– Sunday’s game marked the second shutout in program history (1-1-0).
– Werremeyer finished the afternoon with fives. This was her 21st career game with five or more saves and eighth this season.
– Senior Kyler Goins she made her 48th career start on Sunday and moves into sole possession of the sixth-most in school history for career starts.
– Goins finished the day with three shots on goal to move into second in school history in career shots on goal with 38.
– With 52 total shots and 21 on goal, Goins set school records for total shots and shots on goal in a senior season.
– Senior Bailey Nemechek on Sunday, she played in her 67th career game and moved into fourth place on K-State’s career games played list.
– Němechek started his 55th career game and will remain third in school history for career starts.
– von Klahr made her 42nd career start, all consecutive since joining the program in the 2020 season, and remains 10th in school history for career starts.
– Freshman Jazmin Brown set a school record for minutes played in a freshman season with 1,476 minutes played in 19 games and 18 starts this season. Brown has played the full 90 minutes in 12 games this season, including the final 11 games of the season.
K-State closed out its seventh season of action with its first appearance in the Big 12 Soccer Championship. The Wildcats tied the school record for wins in a season and were led in scoring by seniors Goins and Caylee Thornhill with 12 and seven points respectively.