By Tom Brown
The Benedictine Women’s soccer team lost a tough 1-0 decision to conference opponent MSOE Saturday afternoon at the village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex. The loss dropped the Eagles’ overall record to 6-9-1 and their record in the Northern Athletics Conference to 5-6.
Both teams went scoreless in the first half with the Eagles being out shot by the Raiders 7-4. Benedictine senior goal keeper Michelle Del Sarto kept her team in the game recording four saves.
Three minutes into the second half, the Raiders were on the board as senior Jess Axt found the back of the net. However, some of the Eagles were not impressed with Axt’s goal.
“It was the one of the only times they got into our third of the field,” explained senior defender Nicole Esposito, “and they got a lucky cross off and capitalized with a head goal.”
Despite the loss, the Benedictine Women’s soccer team was happy with the way they performed.
“Even thought the game didn’t go the way we thought it would, we played well and we played with a lot of heart,” Esposito added. “They got lucky on their one goal, and that was the difference in the game.”
Esposito, along with nine other Ben U seniors, were honored as part of senior night before the game.
“This year, more than any other of my three years, our team has become family, and I will miss having that group to always fall back on when I need them,” said Esposito.
With the loss, the Eagles were eliminated from contention of making the NAC tournament, as they are now two and a half games behind Dominican University for the last spot in the tournament. Six of the thirteen teams that compete in Women’s Soccer in the NAC make the tournament.
However, Esposito and the rest of the seniors are not done yet, as the lady Eagles are back in action Wed. Oct. 26 when they travel to Concordia University-Chicago at 3 p.m. The game will decide seventh place in the NAC, as both teams are currently tied for seventh.