Midfielder Brookelynn Entz added to her extensive list of accolades on Jan. 13, becoming the first Kansas State soccer player drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League. The Newton, Kansas, native was selected 38th overall by the new NWSL expansion club in Kansas City.
Entz joins defender Silke Bonnen in professional soccer play after leaving K-State. Bonnen signed with Danish football club HB Køge earlier in the winter.
Entz is the current leading goal scorer and owner of 27 other program records at K-State. She previously announced she would return to play for the Wildcats in the fall. Entz, as well as all other NCAA Division I fall athletes, received an extra season of eligibility from the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kansas City will hold onto Entz’s draft rights as she plays out her final season with the Wildcats.
Kansas City played host to one of the founding clubs of the NWSL in 2013 and was one of the league’s most successful clubs, winning back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.
Following the two titles, the team found little success and folded. The Utah Royals FC received the rights in 2018.
In 2020, it was announced that the Royals’ assets would be given to a new ownership group in Kansas City led by Chris and Angie Long. The Longs are the founders of Palmer Square Capital Management LLC.
The ownership group features Brittany Matthews, fitness trainer and fiancé of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Matthews played as a forward for the University of Texas at Tyler and finished with 31 career goals, which is second all-time in program history.