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Three Knox Women, Two Men Named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region

KANSAS CITY, Missouri—The Prairie Fire women’s soccer team placed three players on the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team. Goal keeper Sierra Daniger and midfielder Jenna Milligan were both named to the second team, while midfielder Yvette Rodriguez earned third team honors. Daniger and Rodriguez make their third consecutive appearances on the All- North Region Team.

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Daniger was the Midwest Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as she posted a .77 GAA and .820 save percentage with a league-best four shutouts.

Milligan, made her second All-Conference First Team as she helped a defense that allowed a league low 18 goals with a goals-against average (GAA) of .90. The Prairie Fire were even better in conference play as they allowed just seven goals and had a .77 GAA

Rodriguez rounds out the Prairie Fire’s selections as she contributed nine points on two goals and five assists. She was also a first team all-MWC selection.

“I am super proud of these ladies. All three had outstanding years and are well deserving of this,” said head coach Chris Haught-Thompson. “I’m glad their efforts have been recognized by the coaches in the region.”

Knox won their third straight Midwest Conference regular season title and won their third consecutive MWC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

 

KANSAS CITY, Missouri—The Prairie Fire men’s soccer team placed two players on the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team. Defender Alessandro Benelli was named to the second team, while midfielder Rocky Plaza earned third team honors. Plaza makes his second straight appearance on the all-region team.

Benelli was the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring a Prairie Fire defense that had a .63 goals-against average and allowed just 12 goals. He also contributed to the offense with five goals, three of which were game winners.

Plaza was a first team All-MWC selection for the third straight season, making him one of the best midfielders in the conference and the region. Plaza scored a goal and notched two assists while mainly playing defensive midfield for the Prairie Fire’s stingy defense.

“I am extremely proud of these two. They have been anchors of an incredibly tough defense over the past two years,” said head coach Brian O’Connor. “Not only have they produced on the field, but they have set the standard in the classroom as well. They are both truly deserving of All-Region.”

Knox won their first ever Midwest Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to their first NCAA Tournament, where they fell in overtime to a very good Luther team.

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