It was a big game and all the pressure was on entering the September 29 match against rival Monmouth College.
Captain and goalie Carrie Archer said, “Beating Monmouth is always a great thing, but it was such an important game for us this season because we have a great chance at making the conference tournament and we needed the three points for a win.”
Monmouth came out ready to play, as they outshot Knox 9-5 in the first half. Joe Howell of Monmouth opened the scoring at 1-0, scoring off a corner kick by Mark Serio. Going into the half, Knox felt it needed to get its act together.
Archer explained, “The team came out without the aggression we needed. I think the whole team felt we were a more skilled team than Monmouth but they came out with a lot more intensity than us in the first half.”
Going into the second half, Knox tried to elevate that intensity level, and succeeded in doing just that. The Knox Prairie Fire shot six times in the second half while holding Monmouth to none. At the 56:10 mark, Junior Lawrence Povoas knotted the game up at 1. And with fifteen minutes left to play, Knox Junior Jeff Wozencraft scored the go ahead goal, putting Knox up 2-1. Knox held on to win the game, completing the comeback and gaining those much-needed 3 points.
“It wasn’t until the second half that we matched their intensity, which was the key for our comeback. It felt great to hold them to only one goal, but until we can consistently shut teams out, we have work to do,” commented Archer.
The win is big for the team and shows that this Knox squad is one of the most skilled in recent memory. With the win, Knox improved to .500 on the season. The team’s fourth win matches the highest win total for the team in over six years. Knox will face Illinois College on Sunday in Jacksonville at 2 p.m. in an effort to go over .500 and move closer to getting into the conference tournament.