Let’s not ignore the obvious: Oakland is not a good soccer team. Friday, they got smoked by UMKC in a game which was not remotely as close as the 2-1 final would indicate. But even bad soccer teams occasionally pose a threat.
Sadly for the Golden Grizzlies, a rainy Sunday in Manhattan was not one such instance. The K-State defense prevented Oakland from even placing a shot on goal through the first 47 minutes, and only put Wildcat keeper Emma Malsy to work twice on the afternoon.
K-State, on the other hand? The home eleven erupted for four goals on the day, cruising to a 4-0 rout and their second victory in as many games this young season. Freshman Chloe Fisher scored on a rebound following a corner in the 32nd minute, then Brookelynn Entz fed Hannah Davis on a breakaway in the 51st which saw Davis beat Oakland goalkeeper Jaimie Leas one-on-one. Nine minutes later, Katie Cramer beat Leas right in front of the net after nutmegging her defender on a breakaway. Cramer then assisted on the final goal, feeding Christina Baxter’s strike from 18 yards out in the 76th minute.
The Cats outshot Oakland 27-4, and led 13-2 in shots on goal, the 13 tying a school record. K-State took nine corners to none for the visitors from Michigan.
Next up for the Wildcats: another home game on Thursday against Drake.
Corbin McGuire adds some depth in today’s Sports Extra.
Yesterday’s second edition of the countdown had BracketCat focusing on another number 13: wide receiver Chabastin Taylor.
Via the McPherson Sentinel, Arne Green profiles the Wildcats’ new defensive coordinator, Blake Seiler.
Dave Skretta of the Associated Press, via the Hutchinson News, drops another story regarding the expected two-headed beast under center in Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton.
The Lawrence Journal-World is changing the way they cover prep football this year, with three general articles a week rather than individual game recaps. That’s sort of sad, but LJW writer Shane Jackson — late of the Manhattan Mercury — introduced the new format last night with some reports from fall camp. Of concern to you? On the first play of the Lawrence Free State watermelon scrimmage Saturday, K-State wideout commit Keenan Garber snagged a slant and raced 60 yards untouched.
That’s all we’ve got for you today, faithful citizens. But stay tuned, as our sorely belated position previews are juuuuuust around the corner. JT will be getting things started with the defensive line.