The Kansas State Wildcats limped into Manhattan after a bitter loss at Northern Iowa and took on the Central Arkansas Bears last Friday.
Being back in the comforts of the K-State Soccer Complex may have been what they needed, as the Wildcats dominated the Bears by a score of 3-1.
The first goal for K-State came at the 18:45 mark in the first half, scored by Brookelyn Entz. The 5-foot-4-inch freshman from Newton, Kansas wasn’t done scoring on the night; Entz tallied her second goal, the team’s third, in the 69th minute. That second goal was a record-setter, as Entz became the first K-State women’s soccer player to score multiple goals in a game. Junior Morgan Mauck scored the second K-State goal and assisted Entz on her first goal.
“I got the goals because our offense was moving around a lot,” Entz said to K-State Sports. “We were so dynamic and the goals just came because of that. Really it was just a team effort we played so well together and that’s why I got those two goals.”
The Wildcat offense was explosive, scoring three goals and getting a whopping 13 shots on goal. The defense held their own for most of the match as well, surrendering just one score that came after they virtually had the win in their hands.
The lone Central Arkansas goal came in the 78th minute when Jordan Slim netted a header. That score was “too little, too late,” as K-State improved to 3-2-1 and Central Arkansas dropped to 2-5-0 in this 2017 season.
On Sunday, K-State played host to the Creighton Bluejays. Creighton came into the 1 p.m. match with a record of 0-5-1. Their last match before visiting the Cats resulted in a 2-2 tie with UMKC, who K-State beat 3-0 in an exhibition match.
The first goal of the game was scored on a penalty kick by Creighton’s Taryn Jakubowski, who also added an assist to her afternoon. The next two goals for Creighton came for Hannah Miller and Kylin Grubb.
Despite taking 33 shots and 13 on goal, K-State only scored twice. After being down 0-1 at the break, the Wildcats rebounded with two goals from Megan Kalkofen and Tatum Wagner to go up 2-1. They couldn’t hold the lead long enough as Creighton netted twice more in the 69th and 73rd minutes. It marked the first win of 2017 for the Bluejays.
K-State hits the road to Vermillion, South Dakota to battle the South Dakota Coyotes on Thursday, September 14th at 4 p.m. The Wildcats (3-3-1) look to get their second win over the Coyotes (2-6).