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Soccer battles against Knox

October 6, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

The recent wave of hot weather cooled off just in time for the women’s and men’s soccer teams to take on their heated rival Knox College on Saturday here at home amidst all of the Family Weekend festivities. The story for both teams was the struggle to find the back of the net.

The women’s game kicked off the doubleheader against the Prairie Fire. The lone goal of the game was netted by Knox in the 11th minute. The Scots fought hard to find the equalizer, outshooting their opponents 13-12 with a pair of solid opportunities in the final three minutes, but the Prairie Fire’s defense held off Monmouth’s potent offense to win 1-0.

“We played with a lot of grit and battled,” said freshman goalkeeper Kensey Arlt. “We have a really special team and I don’t think the conference is ready for us.”

The men took the field after the conclusion of the women’s game. The Prairie Fire netted their lone first-half goal in the 30th minute. A saved shot by the Knox keeper resulted in a frenzy in the box that ended with Augustin Miranda’s second yellow of the day, Monmouth down a man, and no goal for the Scots on the board. The Prairie Fire would net three more goals in the second half to come out with a 4-0 against the depleted Monmouth squad.

“I think going down a man late in the first half eventually made the difference in the game,” said senior goalkeeper Chase Stroud. “We made it really tough on ourselves to come back and they took advantage of that.”

The women’s team play their next match away against conference opponent Cornell College on October 4th, and the men’s team play a non-conference match the same day at Millikin University. Both teams are home again Saturday, October 7th to play a conference match against Illinois College.

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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