It has been an interesting start to the season for the Knox women’s soccer team. In six contests this fall the team is 2-4, with only one of the games being decided by less than three goals.
Knox opened the year with a disappointing 5-1 loss to Franklin College on Sept. 2, but came back with dominant shutout wins over MacMurray and Eureka Colleges. In these two victories, junior forward Arielle Dorman, tallied four goals and four assists, efforts good enough to earn Midwest Conference Offensive Performer of the Week for the week of Sept. 12.
Against Eureka the Prairie Fire also received an outstanding performance from freshman forward Ella Peterson, who posted a hat-trick in the first half. Peterson had fourt goals for the season.
Following a loss 7-0 to Culver Stockton College, Knox dropped two home contests last week. The first, a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to Concordia College, saw the Prairie Fire enter the second half tied, only to see the Cougars tally twice in the last twenty minutes.
Knox’s most recent game was a 6-0 loss to an undefeated Millikin Squad last Thursday. Millikin has surrendered just three goals in six games this season.
Statistically speaking the Prairie Fire currently sit middle of the pack in the MWC. Knox is third in goals scored, and seventh in goals allowed and shots.
Individually, Dorman is second in points with six goals and four assists on the year. Senior goaltender Emily Turner is tied for the league lead with two shutouts, and is second in the league with 49 saves, and fourth in save percentage. Turner took over in goals for sophomore Rachel Koene, who shifted to the midfield in the offseason and has two goals on the year.
Looking forward the Prairie Fire hit the road Saturday to take on Carroll University in the MWC conference opener, then visits Elmhurst College Sunday in a non-conference tilt. Knox will be looking to exact some revenge, as the Prairie Fire lost to both teams last season.