Knox played at home on Oct. 8 against a struggling Cornell team, looking to put up a win. Unlike some of their previous games where Knox had to come back to earn victories, Knox came out with a goal about five minutes into the game, scored by senior Loli Povoas, giving him seven goals on the season. The assist was attributed to sophomore Gabriel Chez on the play.
Cornell came back to score a goal fifteen minutes later, knotting up the game at one. Cornell’s Kobina Essandoh earned his first goal of the season, the assist coming from Ruairi McKay.
Seniority came through for the Fire in the second half, as senior Clint Moore quickly scored the go-ahead goal, with senior Jacob Gorbaty grabbing the assist. Knox held on to win the game 2-1.
The next game, on Oct. 11, was a home match against Lawrence University. The game was scoreless up until the 65-minute mark when Jared Padway put Lawrence up for good, giving the Prairie Fire their sixth loss and sending them below .500.
Knox then faced off against St. Norbert College the next day, trying to maximize the home field advantage against a formidable opponent. Entering the match, St. Norbert’s was 9-4 on the season. Their record showed as Norbert opened up an early lead. After scoring their first goal 19 minutes into the game, St. Norbert’s did not look back as they scored five more goals throughout the game to gain the victory 6-0 over the Prairie Fire. With the loss, Knox dropped to 5-7 on the season.
Knox will next face Carroll University in an away game on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in an effort to get back into playoff contention.