GALESBURG, Ill. – Coach Kirsten Russell's women's soccer team punched in video game-like numbers Saturday in Cornell's 11-0 Midwest Conference rout of Knox at Jorge Prats Field.
Remarkably, the Rams (4-5 overall, 1-3 MWC) rang up all 11 goals in the first half. And they came against a Prairie Fire club (5-5, 0-3 MWC) that entered with a winning record.
Cornell had managed two total goals in four straight losses coming in. On Saturday, the Rams exploded for 11 markers in just over 29 minutes of field time.
The 11 goals are the most scored by a Ram team since 2001. That year, Cornell blitzed Buena Vista, 17-0, in a Sept. 22 home match. The Rams also recorded an 11-0 win at Mount Mercy that season.
Freshman Emily Snider led Cornell's attack with five goals and two assists, boosting her season totals to 12 goals and 29 points. Freshman Bethany Stivers accounted for three goals and one assist. She now has nine goals and 22 points on the year.
The Rams outshot Knox, 28-2, in the opening half, and 35-3 for the match.
Snider started the scoring at the 14-minute mark on an assisted goal from senior Kendra Wisely. The Rams added two more goals in the next minute – from Victoria Rothe and Wisely – to push the lead to 3-0. Snider then delivered back-to-back goals – the second assisted by Katherine Taylor – that put the Rams ahead 5-0 at the 21-minute mark.
Stivers scored off a Snider pass 24 minutes in. Snider booted two more goals in the 30th and 32nd minutes. The second was assisted by Stivers as the margin ballooned to 8-0.
Stivers struck for unassisted goals in the 36th minute, and then in the 41st. Taylor recorded the 11th marker off a feed from Wisely with 1:45 to go in the first half.
Cornell keepers Chelsea Harris and Kassi Todryk split time for the combined shutout. Harris had one save in the first half. Todryk did not face a shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.
Coming up – The Rams will see what they can do for an encore Wednesday with a nonconference match against Waldorf (4-5-1) in Mount Vernon. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m.