Knipp excelling for JCCC soccer team
Austin Knipp has evidently acclimated himself quickly to a new level of play.
The former Bobcat star, who became the first prep player in the state's history to score 100 goals, was named the Kansas Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 18-24.
"I felt like it was just a matter of time before I adjusted to the college game," Knipp said. "It was definitely a good accomplishment and I need to move on and just keep doing what I have been doing."
The JCCC freshmen said college was a "big" step up in competition from the Kaw Valley League.
"In college, it's more like a business," Knipp said. "These guys have been playing for a long time and they are good."
Knipp scored four goals over two games last week. He recorded his first hat trick as a collegiate player, propelling JCCC to a 3-2 victory over Iowa Central on Friday. The Cavaliers were trailing in the game 2-0 before Knipp's outburst.
Knipp also connected on the Cavaliers lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Southwestern Illinois.
"I think that showed that I can do it," Knipp said.
Knipp is the team's leading scorer with 11 points and five goals scored.
JCCC is currently 4-9-1. Knipp's former team is the No. 1 ranked team in the state.
"I am proud of them," Knipp said of the Bobcats. "I come back as much as I can. I'm happy for them. It's about time this happened."