A Weekend Full of Wins for the Wildcats

John Campbell, Sports Editor

This last weekend was a big one for the Wayne State Wildcats.  

Through six different teams, the Wildcats brought home four wins. Wildcat football, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country teams all stayed in Wayne to compete, while the women’s volleyball and women’s golf teams hit the road.  

On Friday, Sept. 23, the women’s soccer team was able to put their first win on the board with a 3-0 victory over University of Minnesota Crookston, changing the record to 1-3-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate play. The first goal was scored by Annika Syvrud at the 7:40 mark in the first half. Following that, Annika Syvrud scored her second goal of the season six minutes into the second half with an assist from Reagen Allen. With just over nine minutes left in the game, the third goal was scored by Leah Bennett, her first goal of the season.  

On Sunday, Sept. 25, during their second game of the weekend, the women’s soccer team took NSIC ranked #3 Bemidji State Beavers to the 75th minute of the game scoreless. Bemidji State scored their first goal of the match off a corner kick with just 15 minutes of play left. With a late foul inside the box on the Beavers, midfielder Annika Syvrud, looked for her third score of the weekend. Syvrud Scores the penalty to tie the game with just under five minutes on the clock. 

Also on Friday, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in their first home meet of the year. The men placed 2nd overall and the women’s team placed3rd overall. The front runner for the Wildcat men’s team was Titus Kiptoo, running 26:54 through an 8,000-meter course. For the women’s race, Allison Steinman was the front runner, placing 13th overall and running 20:52 for the 5,000-meter course.  

During the first game of the road trip in Minnesota, the women’s volleyball team beat the St. Cloud State Huskies 3-0 on Friday, Sept. 23. This gave the No. 4 ranked Huskies their first loss of the season. The Wildcats played a close game with the Huskies and came out of the game on top. Kelsie Cada and Taya Beller, the hitting duo, completed 30 of the 43 kills for the Wildcats.  

For their Saturday game, the Wildcats faced another set of top ten ranked opponents. They travelled to No. 9 ranked University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. For the second day in a row, the Wildcats swept a top ten opponent. And for the second week in a row, the Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the nation for Division II. The Wildcat volleyball team returns home to face the Bemidji State Beavers on Friday, Sept. 30. 

Another win came on Saturday for Wayne State. The Football team hosted Concordia St. Paul for Family Day. The Wildcats ranked No. 3 in the NSIC and hoped to continue their perfect start on Bob Cunningham Field in front of 1,980 fans.  

The football team went to work, scoring 34 points in the first half. The first half contained three of the five touchdowns, a 35-yard to pass to Gage Dengel, 55-yard touchdown pass to Jadon Johnson and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Shane Orr. The Wildcat football team sent the CSP Golden Bears home with a 48-21 loss. Nick Bohn left Bob Cunningham Field with 227 yards on 15 completions. The entire football program left the field with a new accomplishment; 4-0 for the first time since 1993. 

Women’s golf competed in the SMSU Mustang Invite on Sunday then traveled back home with a fifth-place finish. Junior golfers Tricia Hemann and Abbey Krumel led the team, both shooting 78 on Saturday and 85 on Sunday, putting them 22nd overall. The Wildcats shot 323 and 328 for a two-day total of 651. The golfers will hit the course to compete again on Friday and Saturday at the Norfolk Country Club to compete in the Nebraska Intercollegiate Invite.