CEDAR RAPIDS — There is a lot to be said for staying patient and poised.
After 60 minutes without a goal, the Cedar Rapids Prairie girls’ soccer team provided a flurry of offense over the final 20 that earned it a crucial conference win.
“We spoke to them at halftime,” first-year Prairie Coach Scott Lennon said after the Class 3A No. 12 Hawks overwhelmed Dubuque Senior, 3-1, in a Mississippi Valley Conference match Tuesday night at John Wall Field. “I said, ‘Ladies, just stay composed, stay calm. All it takes is good communication, make sure that when we are in front of the goal that we make the effort and score.’ That is what I saw from them tonight.”
Prairie junior defender Angie Knies found herself in front of the goal in the 60th minute and managed to get a shot through a cluster of players and past the Dubuque Senior goalkeeper that tied the match at 1-1.
“It wasn’t just me. I didn’t score it, the whole team scored it,” Knies said. “We got it up there. It was a full team effort. I think the momentum just changed after the first goal and we really get going.”
It was Knies who kept it going with a booming free kick from 90 feet away that gave Prairie the lead for good with less than eight minutes to go.
“Every game that she turns up, she makes our team better,” Lennon said. “Be aware. With her 25, 30 yards out, she is going to hit the target and the keeper is going to get challenged.”
Knies now has four goals this season, including three in the last three matches. Junior Emily Brunscheen added an insurance goal with 60 seconds left.
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The victory was the fourth in a row for Prairie (10-2, 4-1), which moved past Dubuque Senior (7-2, 2-1) and into second place in the MVC Mississippi Division.
“Our goal is to be conference champs,” said Prairie senior defender Mya Washburn, a Coe College signee. “That is our main goal.”
Class 3A No. 12 Cedar Rapids Prairie 3, Dubuque Senior 1
Goals — DS: Tia Martin (8); CRP: Angela Knies 2 (4), Emily Brunscheen (2).
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