The Knox College women’s soccer team hoped to nab their second win of the season against Lawrence University in a home game on Oct. 11. The Prairie Fire coaching staff saw the Vikings as a comparable team and a potential win for the Fire.
Knox hung with Lawrence, but Lawrence remained consistently in control of the ball. Lawrence player Sarah Ehlinger broke the scoreless tie with ten minutes left to go in the first half. In the second half, Lawrence followed with three more goals to cement a 4-0 victory over Knox. With no substitutes available to the Prairie Fire, fatigue might have become an issue, resulting in the three goals by Lawrence in the second half.
“Having only enough girls to field a team on Saturday hurt us significantly in the second half,” Assistant Coach John Baillie said.
The next game for the Knox women was on Sunday, Oct. 12, a home game against 7-6-1 St. Norbert College. Knox could not get into a rhythm as St. Norbert scored three goals within the first ten minutes to make it 3-0. Knox never recovered as St. Norbert’s added five more goals throughout the game, making it an 8-0 loss for the Prairie Fire.
“To be honest, I was impressed with the play of the team this weekend,” Baillie explained. “Fatigue played a significant role since we were playing teams that had as many as 18 subs on their bench.”
The Knox women will next play at Carroll University on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m., in search of win number two on the year.
“This week, we need to play as a whole unit on both ends of the field,” Baillie said. “We’re competitive every week and close to picking up the second win. Now, we just need to take hold of the victory and not let it go.”