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Knox College Soccer Teams Sweep MacMurray College
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-Men's Soccer-

Knox College won its first match of the season 2-1 in double overtime against the MacMurray Highlanders.

The Prairie Fire scored first just three minutes into the match when senior Jeff Wozencraft (Arlington Heights, IL - Buffalo Grove) fed the ball to senior Jared Jaggers (Princeton, IL - Princeton). Knox held the Highlanders until the 30th minute when Anthony Pagano passed the ball to Chris Bledsoe who scored for the Highlanders.

The match remained tied at 1-1 until the second overtime, when with 55.5 seconds left to go sophomore Jeremy Shaw (Columbus, OH - Franklin Heights) got the ball to senior Lawrence Povoas (Brazilia, Brazil - American School of Brasilia), who managed to get through the defenders and score, giving Knox the victory.

The Prairie Fire travel to Lincoln (IL) to take on Lincoln Christian College Wednesday, September 23, at 4:00 p-m.

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Carl Sandburg College suffered a pair of setbacks over the weekend.

The Chargers lost Saturday at Kaskaskia College 3-0. Goalie Evan Morath had six saves for CSC.

Coach Jim Carothers says his team struggled offensively. "(We) could not find the back of the net even though (we) got shots on goal. CSC played well but found it hard to put the offense together to score."

Kaskaskia outshot Sandburg 13-6.

The Chargers came out on the wrong end of a 6-0 score Sunday at home against the College of Lake County.

Lake County outshot CSC 13-9. Chargers' goalie Evan Morath had another six-save effort. Carothers found a positive out of his team's performance. "(We) did hold them in the second half to two goals."

-Women's Soccer-

Knox College won its first game of the season on Sunday, defeating MacMurray College 5-2 to complete a Knox sweep of the Highlanders.

Knox overcame a battle with Mother Nature, playing in a steady downpour of rain that affected the field of play and added difficulty for both teams with a wet soccer ball.

MacMurray took the early lead when Ashley Jenkins put a shot behind Knox goalie Alex Rauland (Germany; Frankfurt International School) for the first score of the game in the 14th minute.

Knox answered before halftime when freshman Arielle Dorman (Bothell, WA; Inglemoor) took the pass from sophomore Emma Swanson (Des Moines, IA; Valley) and beat the MacMurray goalkeeper to tie the score at 1-1 in the 33rd minute.

MacMurray added another goal at the beginning of the second half on Miracle Bell's shot that found the back of the net in the 51st minute. However, the game would be all Prairie Fire offense from that point on. Senior Rozie Smith (Tuscon, AZ; St. Gregory's Prep) would begin the scoring outburst, using her head to score her second goal of the season off of a pass from Dorman. Ten minutes later the Prairie Fire took a 3-2 lead with Dorman and Swanson connecting for the second time of the game, with Dorman scoring her 6th goal of the season in only seven games.

Dorman's six goals are the most by a Prairie Fire women's soccer player since the 2004 season. Also adding goals for Knox was Emma Swanson and Kathryn Sain (Portland, OR; Woodrow Wilson).

The Fire are 1-6 on the season and will host Cornell College Saturday at 1:00 p-m at Jorge Prats Field on the Knox College campus.

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Kaskaskia swept Carl Sandburg College by winning the women's match 8-0.

Kaskaskia kept CSC goalie Lindsay Franey busy, sending 30 shots her way. Franey made 13 saves. Sandburg managed just four shots on goal.

Coach Jim Carothers said Franey was up against it all day. "(We) had a few shots on goal but couldn't get one in. (Lindsay) Franey had quit a few saves but Kakskaskia had an overwhelming amount of shots."
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