The Prairie Fire women’s soccer team (1-7) had a match this past Sunday against the Cornell College Rams (4-4) and was defeated by a score of 5-1.
The game started off with both teams about even. Neither team could break through the other’s defense until Cornell’s Jen Swotek scored the first goal of the match in the 18th minute. The shot traveled just out of reach of sophomore goalkeeper Alex Rauland. The Rams scored again eight minutes later to make the score going into the half 2-0.
In the second half, the Prairie Fire could not break the Cornell defense. The Rams increased their lead when Swotek scored two quick goals to make the score 4-0.
“I thought we played pretty well. I thought we had a lot of good combos. It is just that we had a problem with one girl,” said sophomore Emma Swanson.
With about 20 minutes left in the game, play was stopped. There was a snake on Jorge Prats Field. What to do?
Well, ask Swanson. Just wanting to get back to the game, she sent the snake soaring for the sideline. After play resumed, the Rams quickly scored their fifth goal of the contest.
Being down 5-0, the Prairie Fire was determined to break the shutout. Freshman Ariel Dorman was able to score a goal with 1:27 left to put Knox on the board. After the game, assistant coach John Baillie said, “I thought we played really well. It was an unfortunate result. We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
This Saturday is the beginning of the conference schedule for the team. The Fire get back to work this Saturday with a match at Lake Forest before returning to Jorge Prats Field for another conference contest at 1 p.m., this time with the Lady Blues of Illinois College.
“We don’t play for a nonconference championship,” Baillie said. “We play for a conference championship. That is our goal as a program, to go to a conference championship. The team has all the tools and all the talent to win.”
When asked if he thought anyone needed to step up to lead the team, Baillie replied, “No, each and every one of the girls has stepped up in one way. When you have only 15 players you can’t have anyone be quiet. They all lead and they all teach each other every day.”