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Soccer takes on rival Knox

October 7, 2016

Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Knox College on Saturday to take on the Prairie Fire.

The men faced off against Knox at 1 P.M. on Saturday. They got off to a slow start as they gave up two goals in the first fifteen minutes. Their defense was pretty much lock-down after that as goalie Chase Stroud had five saves in goal. Monmouth didn’t find the back of the net though and lost to Knox 3-0.

The women took the field right after the men’s match ended. Despite freshman Jacie Reis scoring her first collegiate goal the Fighting Scots couldn’t dig themselves out of a 3-0 first half deficit. Monmouth missed all five of their second half shots and was outshot 19-9 in the match. The Fighting Scots fell to Knox 7-1. The women will host Cornell on Oct. 7 for another Midwest Conference matchup.

Junior Darice Brooks had this to say after the loss, “We did not play our best soccer and that showed. But the past is the past, what we need to do now is work to get better and show that we aren’t the team our scores show.”

After the loss against Knox the men looked to redeem themselves against Augustana on Tuesday. The Scots were rolling from the beginning. Brad Dulee took advantage of a penalty kick and put Monmouth ahead 1-0 in the seventh minute. Both teams got strong on defense and neither scored the rest of the first half.

The match was still 1-0 until Monmouth put together a great offensive stretch early in the second half. Justin Seeley took advantage of a deflected ball and scored in the 63rd minute. Just five minutes later, and up 2-0, Matin Zafirov found the back of the net to give Monmouth an insurance goal. Augustana broke the tie in the 87th minute, but the match was all but over at that point. The Fighting Scots took the match 3-1 over Augustana.

The men’s team is off until Monday when they travel to Principia.

Cooper Pauley
sports Editor

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