FRANK CUSHMAN | SPORTS EDITOR
The Men’s Soccer team traveled to Iowa this weekend to face Grinnell on Saturday and Cornell on Sunday. The Knights entered this road trip at 11-3, 4-1 in conference. Clearly, the story told by the record tells how good the season has been. The team has been competitive in every game and is the favorite in almost every matchup they enter. Early in the season it looked as though they would crack the top 25, topping then 2nd ranked Loras and taking Concordia Wisconsin to a nail biting overtime loss.
They have been overlooked in that national scale but that appears to be as much what conference they play in then how good they actually are. Another MWC school Lake Forest has been one of the best teams in the region this year, beating Carthage (received votes for top 25), and took Concordia to wisconsin to a nail biting overtime game. They despite solid performances remain unconsidered for top 25. While the bottom of the conference is rather uncompetitive, the top two teams, St. Norbert and Lake Forest appear ready to compete at a national level.
There was a surprise this weekend though as Knox topped the table at 5-0-1, with a shock defeat of Lake Forest saturday. This opened the door for the Knights to retake the top spot in conference. First they needed a win against Grinnell. They managed as solid 1-0 victory. Posted their 3rd straight shutout. Freshman Keeper Josh Koleske came up big again with 5 saves. Senior and captain Tyler Kassube, scored the game’s only goal.
This victory pulled them even with Lake Forest at 15 points and 1 point behind Knox, who the Knights will face on the last day of the regular season. On sunday they played Cornell, results came in after press time.
The Knights are in control of their own destiny at this point. To get into the conference tournament they must finish in the top four. If they won at Cornell and win their two remaining matches they will enter the tournament as a top 2 seed. They could host the tournament if Lake Forest loses or draws another match. Next Saturday they host Beloit at 1 pm at West De Pere High School.