Homecomings at Knox are supposedly filled with joy and celebration.
Unfortunately, the Prairie Fire’s reunion with their alumni and fans did not turn out that way.
Knox men’s soccer lost against Beloit College on Sunday at home by a final score of 7-2, their ninth straight loss.
Beloit’s Ryan Munger began the game with an assist by Jackson Wilkins to give Beloit the first goal of the game.
Shortly after, Anthony Raccine followed up with an unassisted goal to increase Knox’s deficit by two.
However, sophomore Michael Gasparro temporarily halted Beloit’s offense, scoring a goal that temporarily cut Beloit’s lead in half. Junior Marcos Moreno earned the assist. Beloit, at this point, led 2-1.
In response to Knox’s first goal, Munger scored another assisted goal with help from Junki Endoh to give Beloit a 3-1 lead.
The goals by Beloit continued piling up. 22:22 minutes into the game, Endoh kicked the ball to Tom Slusher who then went on to score Beloit’s 4th goal before halftime.
During the second half, freshman Maxwell Gatyas scored on a penalty kick to trim Beloit’s lead in half. Beloit now led it 4-2.
However, Beloit’s offense continued mowing down Knox’s defense. Slusher scored again on an assisted goal to give Beloit a 5-2 lead. Beloit’s Raccine was soon awarded a penalty kick that resulted in a 6-2 Beloit advantage. Joshua Litofsky soon after scored the 7th goal for Beloit. They went on to win 7-2.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Prairie Fire wrapped up their season against Monmouth College. Playing on Monmouth’s pitch, Knox could muster no offense against the Fighting Scots (4-11-0, 3-5-0 MWC), falling 3-0. The Prairie Fire (2-15-1, 0-9 MWC) only attempted two shots on goal –one by Moreno and one by sophomore Donald Tchopya.
The Prairie Fire finished the season on a ten game losing streak. Their last win came against MacMurray College, 3-0, on Sept. 18.
Volleyball finishes MWC
While other sports were celebrating their Homecoming weekend, volleyball traveled to Wisconsin for a pair of games against Carroll University and Ripon College.
Against Carroll (17-9, 4-3 MWC), the Prairie Fire were swept 3-0. The game scores were 18-25, 13-25, and 13-25. Junior Kelly Ricketts led the Prairie Fire with 11 kills, while freshman Kaylie Prince had six.
After dropping the first two games of their match against Ripon 14-25 and 21-25, Knox fought back, winning 25-22 and sending the match to a fourth game. But the Red Hawks (13-16, 4-3 MWC) put an end to Prairie Fire comeback with a 25-18 win. The Prairie Fire (5-18, 0-9 MWC) closed the conference season winless.
The Prairie Fire will look to end the season on a high note this weekend at the Cardinal Stritch University tournament. Their first game is Friday night at 7 p.m. against the host, Cardinal Stritch.