Sports / The Prairie Fire / October 3, 2012

Koene named MWC performer of the week

Junior Rachel Koene was named Midwest Conference Defensive Performer of the Week after a solid week in goal for the women’s soccer team.

Knox goaltender Rachel Koene was named Midwest Conference Defensive Performer of the week after making 15 saves against Grinnell. (TKS/Archives)

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.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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