Sports / The Prairie Fire / October 31, 2012

Fall roundup: Women’s soccer, volleyball drop last games

The Knox College women’s soccer team was looking to end the season on a high note but found themselves facing an opponent in St. Norbert playing to stay alive for a conference title. The Green Knights dominated the Prairie Fire in a 5-0 row to clinch a spot in the Midwest Conference Tournament.

Melissa Sabados fights for the ball with St. Norbert’s Kellan Zimmer during Knox’s 5-0 loss to the Green Knights on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Jorge Prats Field. Knox finished the season with three wins. (Jessica Couvillier/TKS)

Knox kept the Green Knights off the board for the first 15 minutes with the help of some solid saves from junior goaltender Rachel Koene, but the Prairie Fire could not withstand the offensive pressure for long.

St. Norbert broke the scoring opening in the 16th minute before adding another in the 21st to take 2-0 into halftime.

Three goals in the second half clinched the victory for the Green Knights (12-3-3, 7-1-2 MWC) leaving Knox without a home conference win this season.


Cross country

Senior Sean Choate ran a career best time of 25:47 in the 8k to place fifth in the MWC Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Green Bay, Wisc.

Choate was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week for his performance, which earned him an All-Conference Selection. Junior Gabe Moreno joined Choate on the All-Conference list, running a career best of 26:01.

Choate and Moreno’s runs helped propel the men’s team to sixth place finish.

On the women’s side freshman Elizabeth Reyes ran the 6k with a school record of 24:05 and finished just one place shy of being named to the All-Conference list. As a team, the women placed ninth overall.

Grinnell College and Monmouth College won the team titles in the men’s and women’s events respectively.



With a pair of losses to Beloit College and Lake Forest College, the Knox College volleyball team closed the season on a 15-game losing streak to finish 2-29 on the year.

Against Beloit, Knox was looking to take down the Buccaneers for a second time this season after claiming a 3-1 victory at the Infero Classic Tournament in Wisconsin back in September.

In the second meeting, Beloit took the opening set 25-18, but the Prairie Fire would take the second to even the match 1-1. The turning point came in the third set when Knox took a 23-21 lead only to lose the final four points of the set, giving Beloit a 2-1 lead.

Beloit would go on to claim victory in the fourth set to claim the match.

Junior Kaylie Prince notched a double-double in the match with 14 kills and 14 digs while freshman Casey Stalcheski finished with 32 assists and 11 digs.

Knox’s final game came against Lake Forest in a match dominated by the Foresters. The Prairie Fire failed to score no more than 16 points in each set in the 3-0 loss.

Senior Kristin McDonald was honored before the game as the lone senior on the squad.

McDonald finished her career with 289 kills, 148 assists and 611 digs.

Tags:  elizabeth reyes gabe moreno kaylie prince knox cross country knox volleyball knox women's soccer kristin mcdonald rachel koene sean choate

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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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