We’re getting closer and closer to September, and it seems like we’re still waiting for K-State to actually lose at something. Yesterday at the K-State Soccer Complex, the Wildcats tied the school record for home wins in a season. On August 23. Nine days before the football team even takes the field.
It was Katie Cramer, striking once again with her second goal of the young season, who scored on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 55th minute to secure a 1-0 victory over the visiting Drake Bulldogs. The shutout is the third in as many games for the Wildcats, and keeper Emma Malsy now holds the school record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal at 270.
The massive advantage in corners which K-State used to help defeat Oakland last week didn’t exist last night, as Drake took 6 kicks to 2 for the Cats. But the defenders still kept the attack away from Malsy for the most part, and K-State led 8-3 in shots on goal and 14-5 in total shots.
The Cats now hit the road, taking on Santa Clara at 9:30pm CT on Thursday and then a 2:00pm game at San Jose State on Sunday. Both games will air on KROCK and stream on kstatesports.com. The difficulty setting is definitely being kicked up a notch, but perhaps the strong start at home will lead to confident play and maybe even a surprise result.
In yesterday’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire tackled the return of Wildcat defender Aly Rocha from a long battle against an ACL injury.
Meanwhile, K-State volleyball also remains unbeaten... but that’s because Hurricane Lane is keeping them from being able to play anyone. Trapped in Honolulu for the now-scrubbed Rainbow Wahine Classic, K-State will now be playing Hawai’i on Sunday if the weather doesn’t ruin that plan too. The Cats were supposed to play UCLA on Friday, Hawai’i on Saturday, and Gonzaga on Sunday. The other two schools were forced to cancel their travel plans because of the weather, however; K-State is only there because they got in a day earlier.
The Hawai’i game, if it happens, will stream on BigWest.tv, while Rob Voelker will call the game on KMAN.
Via the Garden City Telegram, the Eagle’s Hayden Barber profiles Wildcat defensive back and special teamer Brock Monty, who’s trying to follow in the exact footsteps of fellow Kapaun-Mt. Carmel star Tysyn Hartman.
At Rivals, Adam Friedman and Mike Farrell studied the timeframes during which each Big 12 coach got their commitments during their first full year of recruiting. Bill Snyder’s graph most resembles that of... Lincoln Riley? Also of note, Friedman and Farrell broke down the in-state vs out-of-state recruting for each coach in years one and two, and man, look at how quickly Snyder started getting guys who didn’t grow up in Kansas to start coming to Manhattan. No Big 12 coach had anything even close to as dramatic a jump from year one to year two.
(We should note that we’re not sure whether “years one and two” for Snyder in this study are 1988-89 or 2009-10.)
Not related to K-State, unless we’re talking about the 320 yards he gained against the Cats in week seven, Jake Trotter at ESPN dropped a deep feature on the incomparable Barry Sanders and his insane 1988 season. Included: a chart demonstrating that if you took the best rushing performance in FBS each week in 2017 and added them up, they still didn’t beat Sanders 1988 total.
Today’s Sports Extra is all about new K-State director of baseball operations Ryan Connolly.
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