Men’s Soccer faces “do or die” scenario


By John Pierri



BenU Men’s Soccer dropped another tough match on Saturday, as the fell at home on Saturday to Milwaukee School of Engineering 1-0.

The offensive woes continued for the Eagles, as they only were able to muster two shots on goal. However, senior goalkeeper Orlando Esparza, who leads the NAC in save percentage, had another good game in net. He made total of six saves and only allowed one shot to get past. Unfortunately for Esparza, the Eagle offense was unable to back up his effort with any goals.

After dropping their last two conference matchups to both Aurora and most recently MSOE, the Benedictine men’s soccer team finds itself in a “win or go home” situation.

“We must win, that is it,” explained senior captain Franco Merenda, “If we tie or lose we are done.”

The Eagles are now 4-4-2 in conference and tied for sixth place with Lakeland College. The top six teams earn their spot in the conference playoffs.

“We can’t think too much about the loss because we have to focus on Rockford now in order to get the W to earn that final spot in the playoffs,” said senior captain Izzy Castro. “It is our last game and that means we need to focus more, play hard, and hopefully we come out with a win.”

The last game of the regular season now becomes the most important. It is the deciding factor on whether the Eagles’ season is over or they earn the last spot in the playoffs. They will decide their own fate against Rockford College on Tuesday night at home.

The Eagles made it to the playoffs last year, but they were bounced out with a loss to MSOE in their first game. With a chance to make it once again, the Eagles are hoping that things will go differently.