by Tom Brown
The Benedictine Women’s soccer team finished up the 2010 season with a record of 7-8-2 overall and 5-6-1 record in Northern Athletics Conference play. The lady Eagles finished in seventh place in the NAC and missed out on the postseason.
Despite missing the playoffs, the Eagles had some impressive statistics on the season. Leading the team in points was sophomore Nikki Jhanji. She had 22 points, tallying 8 goals and 6 assists on the season. Overall, the team tallied 35 goals on 204 shots for the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior goalkeeper Michelle Del Sarto recorded 72 saves and had a goals against average of 1.45.
Mixed emotions surrounded the players when summing up their season. Some, like senior Cole Esposito, was not disappointed because the Eagles showed the conference that they can be competitive.
“The season was good,” Esposito said. “We might not have made it to the playoffs, but we did show the conference that we are here to compete.Our close games against Dominican and Aurora showed we can play with the best of them.”
“I think we are a great team with some excellent talent and we played well in every game and played with a lot of heart, but we just got unlucky with some games,” added senior Alyssa Rubio.
However, others, like junior Kat Lipka, felt this season was disappointing The quote says what the paragraph said before.
“Even though we had some amazing wins this year, we did not fully live up to our expectations,” Lipka said. “We were expecting to make it to the playoffs, but we fell short.”
Despite the disagreements with the season, the team agreed that one of the highlights of the season was the Eagles victory over Lake Forest.
“We haven’t beaten Lake Forest since I was a freshman, so beating them in my last year was awesome,” added Rubio.
One of the biggest losses for the Eagles going into next season will be their seniors, as they lose ten players to graduation.
“I’m going to miss playing soccer and the relationships and friendships you gain with your teammates, I’ve seen a lot of changes in my 4 years here,” Rubio said. “We started with 10 girls and worked really hard to rebuild the program, and we did it, and I hope that the girls have a great season next year.”
Looking ahead to next season, the Eagles return a strong core including Lipka, Janji, and current sophomores Meaghan Johnson and Hayley Gerdes. However, the team believes that the incoming freshmen need to make an impact.
“Well, with losing ten seniors, its always a hard transition, so we have to improve on brining in new girls and teaching them our style of play,” Lipka said.
“We are a family on and off the field,” added Lipka. “Team chemistry is very important and it helped contribute to our big wins this year, and definitely will in the future.”