It’s a super slow Monday, surprisingly, as we head into bye week number one. Before we get going, we’d like to alert you to something important: this week, in conjunction with our also-suffering-through-a-bye-week colleagues at The Daily Gopher, we’ve hatched the stupidest idea we’ve ever had.
(Yes, even stupider than doing Q&As with the likes of Florida Atlantic during Expansionpalooza.)
This week, we are pretending that K-State and Minnesota actually play each other. We’ll have the usual pre-game content one would expect from such a match-up (with the appropriate level of absurdity for the occasion), and we’re hoping to wrap it all up on Friday night with an actual game of NCAA ‘14, using ‘17 rosters, streaming on Twitch. If that plan fails, we’ll hatch a different way to culminate the week.
We hope you’ll have fun with it.
The Wildcats concluded their non-conference schedule in thrilling fashion, as Brookelynn Entz scored in the 95th minute to give K-State a 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado State Rams at the K-State Soccer Complex. Maddie Souder struck first, scoring in the 17th minute off a Hannah Davis cross. In the 31st minute, it was Souder’s turn to assist on a goal, feeding Katie Cramer 10 yards in front of the goal; Cramer drilled a shot true into the net to give K-State a 2-0 lead. The goals were the first the season for both Souder and Cramer.
But Colorado State roared back. In the 35th minute, Beth Plentl scored on a penalty kick after a Ram was pulled down in the box, and in the 66th minute Maddi Rodriguez equalized after a miscue left her with a one-on-one against Wildcat goalkeeper Miranda Larkin.
That led to overtime, the fifth such occasion in Wildcat history. The previous four had ended in draws, but Entz was having none of it. Taking a throw-in from Davis, Entz dribbled in, beat a lone defender, and fired far-post from about 12 yards out for her third goal of the season, this one golden.
The win puts K-State at 5-3-1 heading into Big 12 play, which is significant because the five wins guarantees that season two will be more successful than the inaugural campaign in which K-State went 4-9-1 (not counting an exhibition win over Washburn). Friday, the real tests begin in Lubbock, as the Cats begin Big 12 play against Texas Tech.
The first round of the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at Colbert Hills was yesterday, and Connie Jaffrey was absolutely majestic. The Wildcat senior tied the second-lowest round in school history, firing a 6-under 66, five strokes ahead of teammate Chloe Weir at 1-under 71. Tied for third? Wildcats Reid Isaac and (competing as an individual, so not part of the team scoring) Ella Adams, who both shot even par.
Overall, the Cats shot 1-under 287 as a team, and lead the tournament by 12 strokes over Tulsa at 11-over. Also in the field: North Texas, Arkansas State, Rutgers, Arkansas-Little Rock, Georgia Southern, Central Arkansas, and Kansas.
To the surprise of nobody, the Wildcats are no longer ranked. They’re still lurking, tied for “35th” in the AP Poll and alone in “30th” in the coaches’ poll, but being idle this week won’t do them any favors. Maybe beating Minnesota will help!
Sam McDowell at the Star opines on Darren Sproles and his likely final appearance in uniform in Kansas City.
Ken Corbitt has lots of quotes in a post-mortem of that nightmare from Saturday night which we don’t want to talk about anymore. After all, our attention is on the evil Gophers of Minnesota, right?