The football news is light today, other than what’s already been covered — namely, K-State moving up a spot to 18 in both polls. We’ll get to the other stuff at the end of today’s Slate, as we lead off with some non-revenue news.
In a veritable outburst of scoring, the Wildcats were unable to hold off the Creighton Blue Jays yesterday at the K-State Soccer Complex, coming up on the short end of a 3-2 result. It was a heartbreaking loss for two reasons: Creighton came into the game without a win, and K-State led the contest 2-1 with only 25 minutes remaining. Eight minutes later, Creighton had added the equalizer and the winner.
Creighton scored first, with Taryn Jakubowski converting the first penalty kick in KSSC history in the 29th minute. At the 53rd minute, Wildcat junior Megan Kalkofen scored her first career goal on a corner-kick header to level the score, and Kalkofen and Brookelynn Entz fed Tatum Wagner on a breakaway in the 65th to give the Wildcats the lead.
But Hannah Miller equalized for Creighton in the 69th minute off a direct kick, and four minutes later Kylin Grubb headed in the deciding goal.
Thursday, the Cats are in Vermillion, S.D., to take on the South Dakota Coyotes.
Both squads begin their 2017-18 campaigns this weekend, as the men played the first round of the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., yesterday while the women will begin play today at the Minnesota Invitational at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minn.
In Madison, Wildcat freshman Matthieu Caron is tied for sixth after the first round, posting a 2-under 70. Caron started hot, recording birdies on five of the first seven holes, before coming back down to earth. Caron is four strokes back of first-round leader Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M, who fired a 6-under 66.
The team, on the other hand, shot a combined 14-over 302, and are tied for 14th in a 16-team field. The Aggies are in the lead at 12-under 276.
In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire previews the men’s squad and discusses how the culture is coming together under fourth-year head coach Grant Robbins.
To begin, in an article to which we will not link written by a personality we will not mention by name — let’s call him Tray Clavicle — the suggestion is made that Vanderbilt is better than five SEC West teams. Tee-hee.
Speaking of Vanderbilt, Grant McGalliard of DieHards reports that the Wildcats are a 3.5 point favorite in Nashville, and suggests that perhaps Vegas is being too kind to the Commodores.
Our man Shehan Jeyarajah concurs with your benevolent despot this week, granting the DieHards Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor to Kendall Adams after his two-score workout. We’ll see if the Big 12 itself agrees as well. Baker Mayfield got the offensive honors, deservedly, and West Virginia WR David Sills IV earned the Newcomer tab. As for special teams, Oklahoma State kicker Matt Ammendola got the nod, with Matt McCrane receiving honorable mention.
Finally, here’s the take on Saturday’s game from the Charlotte Observer’s Steve Lyttle.