Regents Nipped by Prairie Fire
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Informations
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The men's soccer team was looking to level its record before heading into the conference portion of its schedule when it welcomed the Knox College Prairie Fire to Sam Greeley Field on Sunday afternoon. It was the final game the Regents 3-game homestand and the second straight season the Regents and Prairie Fire have met with the Rockford winning the matchup last season 3-0.
It was a very good first half of action with both teams seeing opportunities to score goals. Despite being outshot 9-6 in the first half, it was the Regents who struck first on Sunday afternoon. For the second straight game it was freshman Devin Standard (Monroe Center, Ill./Stillman Valley) who got the Regents on the board scoring a goal with just over 4 minutes remaining in the first half. Standard was set up nicely on the play by senior Derek Garcia (Derby, Kan./Derby) who was credited with his first assist this year.
As the second half continued to progress along, it appeared as though Standard's goal would be enough to win the match. However, Knox continued to pepper shots at the Rockford goal until one finally snuck in during the 78th minute to tie it at 1-1. An unfortunate break against the Regents led to Knox's second goal off of a Rockford foul in the box. The Prairie Fire converted on the penalty shot to giving them their first lead late in the match. Rockford was unable to muster any real threat in the final 5 minutes and lost 2-1.
One of the telling factors in the match was that the Regents were seeming stuck on defense for the majority of the second half. Consequently, Rockford was outshot 18-2 by Knox in the second half of the match on Sunday.
The men's soccer team will enjoy some time off before they begin the Northern Athletics Conference portion of their schedule on September 15th. The Regents will travel to Lakeland College to take on the Muskies at 3 p.m.