Scots celebrate seniors; stun Knox College
October 30, 2015
Anthony Matozzi - The Courier
The men’s soccer team enjoyed an undefeated week by going 1-0-1. The Scots stunned Knox College 2-1 on Saturday and tied with the Blueboys of Illinois College on Tuesday after going to double overtime. The Scots now sit at 5-11-1 with one game left in the season.
On Saturday, the Scots took on the Prairie Fire of Knox while also celebrating senior day. The storied rivalry of Knox and Monmouth was further enhanced by Knox’s undefeated conference record and a chipper attitude from both teams going in.
Knox got on the board first in the 30th minute of the game after sophomore Chase Stroud was unable to save a goal to give Knox the early lead. Senior Max Daniels fed freshman Agustin Miranda the ball to set up the tying goal just a few minutes after the go-ahead goal by the Prairie Fire.
The two defenses were stout and kept the chances to a minimum for the rest of the game. It wasn’t until sophomore Luke Vandenberg headed in the corner kick by junior Carlos Ruiz that another goal was scored. The goal was scored in the 70th minute of the game, and the seniors came in to make sure Knox would leave with a loss.
“It has been amazing to be able to play the game I love with a great group of guys that love the game as well,” said senior Danny Guzman.
“Against Knox, I went in making sure that I played my heart out for my team, because I know they were going to do the same for me. It was an indescribable feeling (to beat Knox). Celebrating with my teammates made it an even better experience.”
The game was full of intensity as five players were hit with yellow cards in the match. There were also a number of calls that the referees either were not able to see or did not call which could have led to a higher number of yellow cards being issued. Following the victory, the Scots were able to spoil the weekend for Knox as they were sent home with their first conference loss.
The Scots then took a soggy field to play their last home game of the year on Tuesday as they took on the Blueboys. The weather was a factor in the game, as both teams were unable to tally a score until Illinois College scored a late goal in the 87th minute of the match.
Daniels scored with just seconds left in regulation to knot up the game and send the match into overtime. The match would end after two overtime periods passed and neither team was able to score a goal.
Monmouth College will end their season on Halloween as they travel to Wisconsin to take on St. Lawrence University. The match will be at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday.