Sports / The Prairie Fire / September 18, 2008

Men’s soccer earn two wins early as they begin their 2008 season

Entering his third year as the head soccer coach at Knox, Lucas Robison is looking to rebound after a disappointing 4-12-1 season, finishing 2-6-1 in the conference. However, the team improved from the 2006-2007 season by going from two to four wins and from going winless in the conference to winning two.

The team only lost three players, Oladipo Lawani, Will Rutter and Eric Swanson and added seven freshmen to fill the gaps. Although Knox has lost three games this year, it has also won two games, beating Eureka College 4-3 to start the season and beating Mount Mercy College 3-2 on September 13th. With a strong start, Knox hopes to keep winning and improving as a team.

Coach Robison is a 1994 Knox graduate, playing every position and receiving First Team All-Midwest Conference recognition as a sweeper. He received the Bruce Shadbolt award for leadership and positive influence in 1991 and was selected as captain and team MVP for the 1993 season. The assistant coach, Rue Carthew, was the long-time head mens’ soccer coach at Monmouth College, where he remains the school’s career leader in wins and winning percentage. He was named the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 following the program’s first-ever playoff championship and admittance into the NCAA Division III National Tournament. That year, Robison was his assistant. With this strong coaching staff, Knox looks to pull forward and turn things around.

Andrew Horn

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