The 2011 season of the Knox College men’s soccer will probably go down in history as one of the worst. The team averaged a meager 1.12 goals per game, while opponents averaged 4.82. The team felt divided, more like a group of people who played together than an actual, cohesive team. The end of the 2011 season brought many changes; the main change was the new coach, Matthew Edwards. He has brought a special spark rarely seen, not only for Knox athletics, but soccer teams across the U.S. Just months after his arrival he had already begun to change attitudes within the team.
It is no surprise that the 2012 season went how it went. After less than a year the team showed important signs of change. The team showed palpable changes in character and a renewed passion for the sport and the statistics are clear evidence.
The average goals per game grew to 2.06, a clear improvement from last season. But the team worked hard to build a solid defense, one that only allowed opponents to score 1.82 goals on average per game. Only Grinnell, Lake Forest and Beloit managed to score more than two goals.
These three teams eventually made it to the Midwest Conference Playoffs and Lake Forest lost the final against Carroll (Carroll beat Knox 2-1). The 2013 season has started with nothing but good news for the Prairie Fire men’s soccer team.
Out of 10 games, including two conference matches, Knox has won an impressive nine games, averaging an even more impressive 4.47 goals per game and only allowing 0.99 goals per game.
This soccer team has been built and tailored to be a winning team. This team can go the distance and win the Midwest Conference Championship. Granted, strong opponents stand in their way, but this team is playing with fast passes and iron clad defense. Come November, they might just be ready to take a picture with the cup.
Franz Huebner ’14