Junior Rachel Koene was named Midwest Conference Defensive Performer of the Week after a solid week in goal for the women’s soccer team.
Koene posted back-to-back shutouts in a pair of victories of MacMurray and Eureka Colleges before notching a career high with 15 saves against Grinnell on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Against Grinnell it was Koene who kept the Prairie Fire in the game in the first half by stopping all seven shots on goal from the Pioneers. The lone goal came in the 69th minute, and the Prairie Fire were unable to answer, ultimately losing 1-0.
Koene had previously made 15 saves against Illinois College in 2010 and Carroll University in 2011.
It was the second best performance by a MWC goaltender this season. Cassandra Burke of Lawrence University made 16 saves against Lake Forest back in September.
Koene is fourth in the MWC with 55 total saves and is second in averaging 6.88 per game for the Prairie Fire.