After another huge weekend, including a huge save on a penalty kick against Baylor to preserve the tie (and another shutout), Kansas State goalkeeper Alaina Werremeyer has earned her second-straight Big 12 Goalkeeper of the week award. Werremeyer, who became the first Wildcat to earn two honors for goalkeeper, leads the Big 12 in saves (64) and saves per game (5.82), and has carded three shutouts this season.
The Wildcats resume action on Thursday, with a two-game trip in the Sooner state. Thursday night the Cats will face off with Oklahoma State at 7pm, and can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+; while Sunday’s 1pm match against OU can be seen on Bally Sports Oklahoma.
Some good news came out of K-State’s weekly press conference. While Boom Massie, who left the game against OU early with an arm injury, will be out a while longer, several players who were questionable for the OU game used the bye week to get rested and healthy, including Skylar Thompson, Reggie Stubblefield, and Daniel Imatorbhebhe. Also, the full impact of the Khalid Duke injury was revealed, as Klieman talked about how the defense was aligned to utilize Duke’s unique talents and with him gone it changes what the new-look defense can do. But for what it’s worth, Klieman believes the best football for this team still lays in front of it, especially with the return of Thompson.
The Wildcat men started out strong on Tuesday, but ultimately couldn’t close the deal, losing 3-2 to West Virginia in the morning session of the second day of pool play at the Big 12 Match Play Championships. The afternoon sessions wasn’t any better, as the Cats fell to Texas Tech 4-1-1. The Cats are two points behind KU in their pool, and if they want to advance out of pool play they will need a strong win over the Jayhawks this morning in their matchup.
The Wildcat women couldn’t move up the leaderboard on Tuesday, and finished in 12th (of 13) in their final tournament of the fall. Part of the problem for the Wildcats: their top finisher, true freshman Lilly Whitley, was competing as an individual and not part of the team scoring. Whitley finished in a tie for 16th, the first Top 20 finish of her career. The “team” leader for the Wildcats was again Remington Isaac, who finished all alone in 25th. The Cats will be off until the end of February, when they return for their spring session.