K-State notebook: Women’s soccer breaks ground on field; Thomas to Seton Hall

(Photo Courtesy of Randy Peterson | K-State Athletics)

K-State women’s soccer and head coach Mike Dibbini will have a new home when the inaugural team kicks off next fall.

K-State Athletics broke ground on a new soccer field Monday, with an official groundbreaking ceremony set for Saturday at 10 a.m. The site, just south of Tointon Family Stadium where K-State football practiced, features a field for competition and another for practice. The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million and is being funded entirely by department-generated revenue.

The site will be shared by the soccer and football programs. The soccer-specific field is being built along College Avenue on the west side of the space and is anticipated to be completed by July.

“While exploring all options for our soccer program, we wanted to find the location that will best serve our student-athletes and also provide the best experience for our fans,” K-State Athletics Director John Currie said in a press release. “This latest project will not only provide our soccer program with a new home but will also serve the practice needs of our football student-athletes while providing the long-term flexibility for further improvements and expansion in additional phases.”

“An occasional” soccer match may be played at Memorial Stadium, which was an early option for housing home games, according to the release.

Thomas now Seton Hall Pirate

Former K-State men’s basketball point guard Jevon Thomas will continue his collegiate basketball career in South Orange, New Jersey at Seton Hall.

“Well, first I felt comfortable, I knew a lot of the staff for years,” Thomas said to SNY.tv. “But I was most impressed by the skill development.”

Thomas averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 assists during his time in Manhattan. Comments from K-State head coach Bruce Weber suggested Thomas wanted back on the team after announcing his decision to transfer, but by then it was too late.