Knox’s women’s soccer team (2-15, 1-8) played its last game this past Saturday in Grinnell, Iowa versus the Pioneers of Grinnell College (7-10-1, 4-4-1).
“The team came out and played one of the best first halves we have played all season. Defense was playing very well, and the offense was the best we have seen all year,” Knox assistant coach John Baillie said. “With the strong cross wind and extreme cold, we got off more shots on goal than we have in years, and scored for the first time [against Grinnell] in 10 years. It was frustrating because the cold and fatigue got to us at the end of the game and the final score does not reflect the fact that we played so well.”
The Pioneers cruised to a 7-0 lead before the Prairie Fire could cut into it with nine minutes and 51 seconds left in the game. Freshman Arielle Dorman scored her 13th goal this season and sophomore Emma Swanson got her 10th assist of the season to prevent a shutout. However, the clock ran out, and Knox went home with a 7-1 loss.
Dorman’s 13 goals are the most by any freshman in a season at Knox. Swanson’s 10 assists in a season are the most by any women’s soccer player. Swanson is tied for third in conference game assists with six. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Rauland has the most conference game saves out of any team in the conference with 85.
“I think that one of my favorite memories of the year was the look on the faces of the players when we came into a half time winning the game [vs. Beloit] 2-1,” Baillie said. “There was a fierce competitive fire in their eyes and a look of ‘this is what we worked for, and now we are going to reap the benefits.’”
With only three players leaving, the Prairie Fire women’s soccer program looks to reload for next season and build upon lots of talent.
“The prospective class looks very talented and we have several applications and admittances already,” Baillie said. “We hope to bring in eight to 10 girls to add to next year’s squad.”