The Candor

Sabres’ First Half Too Much for Eagles

Briana Grenke, #12 on the women's soccer team.

By Tom Brown

STAFF WRITER

 

In what seems to be an every game occurrence this season, the Benedictine University women’s soccer team lost another close game despite outplaying their opponent in the second half.

This time their defeat came at the hands of Marian University, who scored both their goals in the first half and defeated Eagles 2-1 on Saturday in Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin. The loss dropped the Eagles to 6-7-1 overall and 5-5 in Northern Athletics Conference play.

Junior Kat Lipka elaborated on how the loss was dissapointing.

“We were hoping to come away with a win,” Lipka explained. “We underestimated them. They weren’t playing better, but we came out playing relaxed and that’s what killed us.

Based on results, slow starts have been an issue for the Eagles all season long.
“We have been having terrible first halves all season,” added Lipka. “It’s hard to pinpoint one reason as to why that is, but it seems like it’s all mental and we have been trying different things such as listening to team pump-up music or reading inspirational quotes, so hopefully that helps us get ready to play better.”

Briana Grenke had the lone goal for the Eagles, and Michelle Del Sarto tallied six saves. The Eagles were out shot by Marian 14-5.

The lady Eagles are back in action Wednesday night as they host Milikin University at 7:00 p.m. at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.