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Knox College Men's and Women's Soccer Teams Qualify for MWC Tournament

Nick Janulis, Knox College Men’s Soccer

GALESBURG Illinois- Knox men’s soccer snatched a win over the Cornell Rams on Saturday. The Fire held the Rams scoreless and were able to lay in two goals of their own. With a 7-0 conference record today’s win clinches a spot for the men in the Midwest Conference Tournament. They are currently tied with St. Norbert College for first place.

Early in the first half, sophomore Nick Janulis headed in the Fire’s first goal from a corner kick assisted by senior Lucas Sanchez. Knox got several good looks at the goal for a total of 12 shots in the first half. They were not able to find their touch again for the half, however they remained relentless on the defensive end of the field and went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

The Fire came into the second half still in attack mode, with Janulis heading in his and the team’s second goal in the 53rd minute mark from a cross by Raleigh Berry.

Knox and Cornell both brought aggression into the game; four players overall received cautions and the Rams goalie received an ejection on a pass back play. The Fire, however, were able to bring a little more intensity and pull away with another win.

“Tough performance without the reigning Conference Defender of the Year and Jimbo who has been on fire of late,” said head coach Tyler Sheikh.  “However, we started out brightly and got the first goal and things relaxed a bit from there.  It was definitely an odd game…not a pretty one, but a 2-0 win on Senior Day to set up a very big week for us is what we wanted.  The guys will be raring to go.”

The men’s soccer team heads to Chicago on Monday, October 23, as they face Lake Forest College, and yet another chance to preserve their undefeated conference record.

Kayla Brown, Knox College Womens Soccer

GALESBURG Illinois – The Knox Prairie Fire women’s soccer team takes a 2-0 win over the Cornell Rams, securing their spot in the Midwest Conference Tournament. The Fire are now tied for first place (6-0-1) in the conference with St. Norbert College.

Near the 12th minute mark, senior forward Kayla Brown glides in a penalty kick goal, tying the record for the second all-time leading goal scorer in Knox history with a total of 49 goals.

Knox kept up the intensity scoring within the first 12 minutes of the second half. Jessica Peterson heads in the Fire’s second goal assisted by Rosie Medina’s corner kick. Knox played a solid game on both ends of the field as they managed to hold Cornell to zero overall shot attempts for the game versus their 16.

The Women travel to Jacksonville on Monday, October 23, to take on Illinois College, in hopes of marking down another conference win on their record.

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