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Soccer season kicks off with exhibition matches

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We’re only 21 days from Real Live Kansas State football. BracketCat bookmarks the milestone with profiles of #21 Carlos Strickland II, #21 Kendall Adams, and #21 Devin Anctil.

Yesterday was Fan Appreciation Day for Kansas State football, and a welcome distraction from everything that’s happening in the world these days. As always, Bill Snyder provided a reminder of the machine that really runs Wildcats football: the people.

We came to Kansas State University for one reason and one reason alone and it had nothing to do with football. It was about the people … the people were very, very genuine, very caring and truly support the young people in the program and the young people of the past.

Snyder’s words were echoed by Dalton Risner and Trent Tanking. Risner noted that “the whole team appreciates you guys for carrying on that tradition of filling up the whole stadium and being K-State proud,” while Tanking stressed the importance of family, saying “[w]e use the word ‘family’ a lot. It’s written on the stadium. We’re definitely part of this family, but you guys are, too.”

Our own JT VanGilder has more: Notes on Fan Appreciation Day.

Highlights include Adam Holtorf steeping into Reid Najvar’s recently vacated role at center (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle), and Alex Barnes looking like a starter at running back (Joel Jellison, Manhattan Mercury). On the defensive side, all you really need to know is that Will Geary is back.

Greg Woods covered the news of Kansas State’s new radio partnership on Friday, but here’s the official announcement: K-State Athletics and Entercom KC Forge Partnership.

Soccer

Kansas State soccer kicked off its season with an exhibition match against No. 19 Minnesota in Minneapolis on Friday. The Wildcats came out on fire taking a shot on goal just 20 seconds into the match. The Wildcats were outshot 21-6 but went toe to toe with their ranked opponents for nearly 60 minites. A narrow miss from Kansas State early in the second half and a pair of goals from the Golden Gophers in the final 30 minutes of the match resulted in a 2-0 win for Minnesota.

Next up, the Wildcats will take on UMKC in Kansas City this afternoon for a second (and final) exhibition match.

Miscellany

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