INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Simpson women's soccer team kept the high-scoring Knox attack off the scoreboard for nearly 60 minutes before conceding the lone goal in a 1-0 loss Wednesday night at Buxton Stadium.
Corina Leyva scored the only goal of the game in the 60th minute, lofting a high-arching shot over the outstretched hand of 5-foot, 3-inch goalkeeper Zoe Seiler.
The Prairie Fire (6-4-0) won their fifth game in a row after a 1-4 start. Knox was averaging nearly seven goals per game during the previous four games, but was held in check by Seiler and the Storm (2-7-0).
Seiler made 11 saves in her first start of the season as Simpson was outshot 23-4 on the night. All four Simpson shots came in the first half as the Storm were unable to generate a quality opportunity in the final 45 minutes.
"We knew tonight was going to be a physical battle against a tough opponent. We stayed in that battle for 90 minutes, but just couldn't generate enough going forward. We'll build on tonight's effort for this upcoming week of conference play." — head coach Jill Serafino
Notes and Numbers
• Seiler's 11 saves marked the second-straight game a Simpson goalkeeper has reached double figure saves. Riley Adams made 16 in a 7-0 loss to Central on Saturday.
• Knox improved to 2-0 in the all-time series. The only other meeting between the teams was a 3-0 win for the Prairie Fire last season in Galesburg, Ill.
• The Storm didn't allow a goal in the first half after allowing 11 first-half goals in the previous two games combined.
The Storm return to Iowa Conference play Saturday when they travel to Dubuque to take on the University of Dubuque. The Spartans (3-4-1, 0-1) beat Wis.-Platteville 1-0 on Wednesday night.