By John Pierri
After a disappointing loss at Benedictine University-Springfield back on Oct. 2, the Eagles are now rolling, as they won their third straight match on Saturday by shutting out Northern Athletics Conference foe Marian University 2-0. The win moved them to fifth in the NAC with a 4-2-2 record.
Senior captain Izzy Castro scored early to put the Eagles ahead 1-0, and it was a lead they wouldn’t give up. Junior forward Mostafa Abdelrahman added another goal with just under a minute left in the game, and the shutout stayed intact for the game’s entirety.
The Eagles out shot Marian 11-9, and senior goalkeeper Orlando Esparza had five saves. It was his second straight shutout.
Abdelrahman has scored five goals during the Eagles winning streak.
“The most important thing that has led me to this success is my team, every player from the pinch to the goalie,” Abdelrahman explained. “They are amazing, and everyone helps me and supports me.”
With the season quickly winding down, the Eagles only have three more regular season matchups, all within the NAC.
“We feel very confident that we can compete with anyone,” said team captain Izzy Castro. “We are happy with our current position, but we know we can be in a better spot. So now, we are going to prepare to play against Aurora, a big opponent, so we can come out with the victory.”
“Our confidence is at an all-time high, and we are ready to play versus anyone because we have proved that Benedictine can keep up with anyone.”
Senior captain Franco Merenda also emphasized how confident the team is and the importance of the upcoming matchups.
“We are in fifth right now with two tough games coming up,” Merenda added. “It’s gonna be a war with both of those teams, but we can hold our own. We have been clicking ever since that loss to Benedictine-Springfield.”
The Eagles travel to Aurora on Wednesday, Oct. 19 for a matinee against the rival Spartans.