This past weekend, freshman Jennifer Crary made an impactful effort to help the Prairie Fire win their first game against Lake Forest College in the Midwest Conference Tournament. She came away with two goals to put the Prairie Fire on top and advance to the conference finals. Her performance has earned her the title of this week’s Prairie Fire Performer of the Week.
Both teams’ records appeared to be equal, proving it was going to be a tough game for our ladies. With more than half of the first period gone, Crary and freshman Yvette Rodriguez made a move. Just after the 35 minute mark, Yvette set up Crary for her first goal of the day. Shortly after Crary had scored her first goal, Lake Forest retaliated with a goal before the game moved into the second half. Later in the second half, Crary came away with her second goal of the day, which would end up being all the Prairie Fire would need to hold on and win the semi-final game. With only six shots on goal compared to the Foresters’ 11, it was crucial that the Prairie Fire take advantage of the opportunities they were given and were able to capitalize on them. This is exactly what Jennifer Crary did. As for the defense, freshman Sierra Daniger deserves a shout-out for her 10 saves, seven came in the second half, and as does the rest of the ladies soccer team for maintaining their lead.
Unfortunately, our ladies fell short to Carroll University in the finals match this weekend. Crary came away with five shots (two on goal) but could not find the back of the net. The match ended with a 0-1 loss.
We look forward to what the season may hold next year for the Women’s Soccer team as they will be not be losing seniors and will be gaining many new faces.