Looking to build on their first conference victory, Knox’s women’s soccer team took a lot of confidence into last weekend’s Wisconsin road trip. Unfortunately the team was unable to turn the positive energy into victories, falling to Carroll University 5-0 on Saturday and Ripon College 3-1 on Sunday.
Slow starts plagued the Prairie Fire all weekend as they were outscored a combined 4-0 in the first 25 minutes of play. Against Carroll (10-4, 6-1 MWC) Knox surrendered a 12th minute goal to Pioneer forward Kendall Uttech, who would later score two more for a hat-trick, and were outshot 32-4 in the game.
Despite the lop-sided score against the conference leading Pioneers, the Fire players seemed more disappointed with the 3-1 loss to Ripon (4-11, 3-4 MWC).
“We should have beat them, [they] were our team to beat,” said junior and team captain Mollie Strawn.
Once again Knox surrendered goals before the half-hour mark, and were down 3-0 at half.
“There were a few mental mistakes in that first half that shouldn’t have been made” said sophomore forward Arielle Dorman, who had four shots on goal for the game.
But Knox did not give up, as they out-shot the Red Hawks in the second half and tallied their first goal of the weekend. Sophomore Lauren Bradley, who had been playing defender for most of the season, took advantage of some playing time at forward by scoring a goal in the 78th minute.
It was Bradley’s first of the season, a fact that did not go unnoticed by her teammates.
“It was nice to see her come through there,” Strawn said, “funny thing is she had only been at that position for like 10 minutes and then just like that, she gets a goal”.
Knox (6-10, 1-6 MWC) looks to carry on their momentum from that second half performance in their final home game of the season this Saturday as part of Homecoming festivities. The Prairie Fire will take on the Beloit College Buccaneers (3-9-1, 0-5-1 MWC) at 1 p.m at Jorge Prats Field.