There will only be two athletic events this week for K-State as the soccer and cross country teams travel outside of Manhattan.
After a week where the Wildcats did not know whether they would play until Friday afternoon, Kansas State fell to Oklahoma State in their season opener 3-0 on Saturday night.
Looking to pick up their first win of the season, the Wildcats will play the West Virginia Mountaineers at 6 p.m. on Friday in Morgantown, West Virginia.
K-State will be without one of their primary goalkeepers from the past few years as junior Rachel Harris is out for the season due to an unidentified injury sustained before Saturday’s match.
The Wildcats are now left with three freshman goalkeepers — only one seeing action on the pitch as a Wildcat. Alaina Werremeyer got the start on Saturday night and recorded two saves, but allowed three goals for the Cowboys.
K-State was also without their star midfielder on Saturday night because senior Brookelynn Entz was nursing an injury. Head coach Mike Dibbini said he hopes Entz will be available to play on Friday night, but her status is up in the air at the moment.
West Virginia is coming off of a season-opening 2-0 victory over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Friday night. The Mountaineers were led by senior Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel and junior Alina Stahl who both had a goal to their names as well as two shots — both of Stahl’s shots being on goal.
West Virginia is currently third in the Big 12 Conference standings and K-State sits at the bottom. The Wildcats were picked to finish above the Mountaineers in the Big 12 preseason poll — K-State is predicted to finish seventh, while West Virginia was picked to finish eighth.
The start time for the match on Friday night is set for 6 p.m. with live audio broadcasted through 101.5 KROCK.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will kick off their seasons by competing in the 2020 Bob Timmons Classic on Saturday morning at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The men’s 6K race is set to start at 9 a.m. The women’s 5K race is set to start at 10 a.m.
Iowa State and Kansas will be competing alongside K-State on Saturday.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no fans allowed at the meet on Saturday and student athletes will have to wear a mask when they are not warming up or competing. Anybody not competing, such as coaches and staff members, will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing throughout the meet.
All student athletes and staff will also have to follow certain testing guidelines that include a COVID-19 test 72 hours before the team’s travel date as well as an antigen test 24 hours before before the team’s travel date.
K-State cross country is returning a total of 12 letter winners on the men’s team and nine on the women’s team. Junior Cooper Schroeder, who finished in the top-30 in the Big 12 Championship last year, is one of the men returning. Sophomore Jaybe Shufelberger returns on the women’s side after finishing with the top time of any freshman at K-State since 2003 at the Big 12 Championship last year.