The Knox College Prairie Fire men’s soccer team won their tenth game in a row against the Cornell Rams this past Saturday, celebrating International Soccer Day, an occasion dedicated to the diversity of the student body and the soccer team.
During the day’s pregame ceremony, Knox’s student body was encouraged to come and wave their homeland’s flag proudly to represent the diverse culture in which Knox was created. The Prairie Fire, who are 10-1-0, 3-0 MWC, did not disappoint after the ceremonies and have now set a school record for number of consecutive victories.
“The game against Cornell was a very important win for us and the program,” sophomore Nathaniel Logie said. “We have now won 10 games in a row, which broke the previous record of nine consecutive wins. The team has been improving in every game, and our confidence is continuing to grow.”
The shutout also became the eighth straight shutout for goalie Sean Dockrell, another record for the men’s program.
The match began with sophomore Charlie Harned scoring at the 22:37 mark, with captain and senior Maxwell Gatyas assisting. That wasn’t all for Harned, as he scored yet again not even a minute later with an assist from Logie.
“We came out with the right intensity and purpose to get the job done,” Gatyas said.
Heading into halftime, the Prairie Fire were on the offensive and were able to score a late goal with just seconds remaining on the game clock. Sophomore Charles Edemba was able to score a goal with five seconds remaining in the period. Edemba was assisted by Gatyas as Maxwell recorded two assists in the contest.
“Namely, we won a game that we were always expected to win,” Gatyas said. “Historically, as a team, we’re not used to entering into conference matches as the favorite. I think we were in a similar position last year against Cornell and failed to make the most out of the opportunity. We won a conference match, and that’s always satisfying in the end.”
The second half was not as high powered as the first, but Logie did record a goal, his 13th of the year, with four minutes remaining in the game.
This weekend on Oct. 5, the Fire have their next match against the Grinnell College Pioneers at home at 1:30 p.m. Grinnell (3-6-0, 1-2-0 MWC) downed Beloit 4-1 College most recently to end their three game losing streak.
Said Gatyas of the upcoming contest, “Every match we play is of great importance because its another chance for us to win. Our goal is to take that chance For the returners, there is some bad blood in terms of how last year’s game against Grinnell turned out. Nevertheless, myself, coach Edwards and the rest of the squad all have great respect for the program they’ve built at Grinnell and the consistent performances they put in during conference play. As a team they will most likely present the greatest challenge we’ve seen thus far, but its a challenge all of us are looking forward to.”