The Prairie Fire women’s soccer team (2-14, 1-7) looks to pick up a win before sending the seniors — Rozie Smith, Cassie Milleville, and Danielle Roeder — off.
On Halloween, the team takes on the Pioneers of Grinnell College (6-10-1, 3-4-1).
On Tuesday, dubbed Senior Day, Knox hosted the Fighting Scots of Monmouth College (4-10-1, 3-3-1).
The first half of the game versus Monmouth did not turn out the way Knox wanted. The Fighting Scots were able to score two goals in the first two minutes which put the Prairie Fire in the hole early.
The Fighting Scots continued to play well, but Knox was slowly starting up. The Prairie Fire were down 4-0 when freshman Arielle Dorman received a corner kick and headed the ball into the goal for Knox’s first goal.
“We came into the second half with the attitude that we refuse to quit, and we are not going to let Monmouth laugh at us and have fun. They were going to have to work for their win,” assistant soccer coach John Baillie said.
In the second half, the Prairie Fire was able to put a lot of pressure on the Monmouth defenders. But Monmouth scored first to put Knox down 5-1. The women did not give up and Dorman got her second goal of the match. After beating two defenders, she launched a shot from outside the box and over the keeper. But the Prairie Fire ran out of time in the contest and lost 6-2.
Knox honored their seniors after their game against the Fighting Scots.
Roeder is an exchange student from the University of Flensburg. She scored two goals this season and will be completing her master’s in education next year.
Milleville was a goalkeeper her first two years with the team. She set a Knox single season record for saves her sophomore year, which current goalkeeper Alex Rauland, a sophomore, broke last season. As an upperclassman, Milleville moved to forward. She will be graduating with a degree in economics and is heading off to law school next fall.
Smith has been a four-year starter at Knox. She has been successful throughout her career even while battling injuries. She has 14 career goals, will be graduating with a degree in biology and plans to go to nursing school.
Last Saturday, the Prairie Fire played the Beloit Buccaneers (6-7, 3-4) and the women were fired up and ready.
“We came out to play Saturday. We took it to them. We scored first and then scored second,” Baillie said.
The first goal came 10 minutes into the contest when sophomore Emma Swanson dished the ball to Smith. This was Smith’s seventh goal of the season, which puts her tied for ninth in Knox’s record book for most goals in a single season.
The next goal came 18 minutes later when Dorman received a pass from Swanson and scored to put the Prairie Fire up 2-0.
The Bucs refused to give up and were able to score a goal before halftime. It was the fourth time this season that Knox led at the half.
The Prairie Fire’s sweet play in the first half turned sour in the second half as Beloit got their act together to score three unanswered goals and win 4-2.
“Unfortunately, as well as we played in the first half, we got comfortable in the second half and allowed them to dominate the game,” Baillie said.