Rough Weekend for Men’s Soccer

Senior captain Franco Merenda, #7 on the men's soccer team.

By John Pierri
Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It was a tough weekend for the Benedictine men’s soccer team, as they were shutout by both conference rival Edgewood College and Benedictine University-Springfield.

Saturday’s loss to Edgewood was the Eagles first loss against a conference opponent. They were outshot 17-5, but the game remained tied through the first half. Edgewood scored late in the game to win 1-0.

The Eagles then traveled to Springfield on Sunday to take on their BU counterparts down south. They lost another close decision to the Bulldogs 1-0.

“I knew in my mind that if we didn’t play very well or if they played really well that we could lose [on Saturday],” said Head Coach Rob Kettle. “There’s no way I thought we could lose on Sunday, it was a complete shock.”

Kettle  also claimed that it was “the most disappointing result” that he has had in his three years as the Eagles Head Coach, and he also added that it was the first time they were in the position to be an upset for another team.

“We have been getting chances, but we just haven’t scored, and because we don’t score, it hurts our confidence and gives our opponents more.”

“The thing that was missing was our confidence,” said senior captain Franco Merenda. “We lost a tough game to Edgewood and we couldn’t solve the puzzle in our second game. We just have to leave those games in the past. We just have to move on and look towards the games in the future.”

“It’s going to be a tough task because we play the two top teams in the conference,” Merenda added. “I believe if we play our game and stay mentally strong that we could win those games. I think we will be fine for the rest of our games. We just have to battle and keep our heads up. We still have a long way to go.”

Looking ahead, the Eagles will play Dominican University on Wednesday  and Concordia University-Wisconsin on Saturday the,. Both games will be played at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex at 7 pm.