Sports / The Prairie Fire / September 25, 2008

Women’s soccer impressive in match against Illinois College

The Knox women’s soccer team is a young team, starting four freshmen, four sophomores, no juniors and only three seniors. But the team has shown signs of a bright future with an array of young talent in their recent contests. Coming off a 1-16-1 season and losing seven seniors to graduation, the team has a lot cut out for them. On Saturday, September 20th, the Knox women traveled to Decatur in a match against Milikin University. While the team came up short, losing 7-0 to a strong squad, every match gives the young Knox team more experience, both wins and losses. The team looks to greatly improve as the season progresses.

Showing this improvement and shaking off the 7-0 loss, Knox shined as their young team battled to steal a 2-1 victory from conference opponent Illinois College. Knox got a goal late in the first half from senior captain Carrie Ramig to take a 1-0 lead, but Illinois College responded minutes later with a goal of their own. The game remained tied at 1-1 until sophomore Kathryn Sain scored at the 74:29 mark, taking a 2-1 lead that Knox protected for the final five minutes. Freshman goalie Alex Rauland was very impressive, saving 15 shots.

Out-shot 26 to 7, Knox battled and came out with a victory, earning the first conference victory for women’s soccer since 2003. The team will look to use its momentum in its next game against Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, at 4 p.m. in an attempt to match Knox’s highest win total since the ‘05-‘06 season.

Andrew Horn

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