Men’s soccer entered the weekend with a record of 2-3 and was looking to put up a strong showing in games against Lincoln Christian on Saturday and Illinois College on Sunday. Saturday’s game at home proved to be the strongest showing of their young season as Knox out-scored Lincoln Christian 6-2.
This win was a huge step forward for Knox soccer. Knox outshot their opponent 50-9, 39 of those shots being on goal. The Prairie Fire had a barraging 32 shots in the first period, flexing their muscle and taking a 4-1 lead at halftime. Knox showed how very much it has improved from last year, scoring the most goals for men’s soccer in more than six years.
Senior Jose Leon led the team with two goals in the game while juniors Jeff Wozencraft and Lawrence Povoas, freshman Jack Barthell, and senior Nick Craig each added goals. Povoas has three goals on the season and Wozencraft has two.
Lincoln Christian scored first, but Knox responded by scoring five straight goals. Senior starting Cary Archer made one save while in goal before junior Max Miller was substituted in at the start of the second half, adding four saves of his own. Improving to three wins on the season with the victory, Knox can match its highest win total in over six years with one more win.
Coming off a win and with a .500 record of 3-3, the men’s soccer team traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to face Coe College. At 17:12, Coe College scored the only goal of the match. Though they lost the match, they were in the game until the end. Knox had 11 shots, seven on goal, while Coe had 18 shots, eight on target. Goalie Cary Archer made seven saves in the loss. Knox’s record fell to 3-4 on the year.
Knox will travel to rival Monmouth College on September 27th at 1:30 p.m. The weekend showed plenty of positive signs for men’s soccer and the coaching staff plan on building momentum from these games.