By Claire Kositzky
Sports and Health Editor
Benedictine University’s men and women’s soccer teams faced Edgewood College this past weekend.
The men’s soccer team was able to shutout Edgewood in their conference game last Saturday, with a score of 3-0. The competition was fierce but after the first 19 minutes of the game, the defense stopped allowing shots from Edgewood. Benedictine also held a 10-4 lead in the first half shots.
In the second half of the game, Edgewood held a tight defense but lost their motivation at the 85th minute. Sophomore Bobby Kostadinov grabbed a lead pass from the middle. In addition, Kostadinov also buried a feed from senior Edgar Reyes.
“It was a hard fought game. The goals didn’t come at first but we kept pushing and pushing. Eventually we were able to break through and earn the victory. We had a few younger guys really step up and contribute to the team when we needed them the most. That is what really pushed us over the hill and helped us win the game,” said Kostadinov.
Benedictine had 21 shots total to win the game. Reyes had eight shots, four shots on goal. Senior Ante Markotic added three shots and freshman Steve Mack earned his second shutout of the year, stopping four shots in goal.
“Definitely one of our best attacking performances of the year. We out shot our opponents. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalize most of our opportunities and make it a bigger lead. We got the win in the end and now we can prepare for Rockford and Concordia Wisconsin, “said Reyes.
Benedictine women’s soccer was defeated by Edgewood. The lady eagles held on strong in the beginning, with a shot from senior Rachael Hodison. Twenty minutes into the game, Edgewood converted the first shot on goal. Benedictine countered quickly but was unable to catch up.
In the second half of the game, Edgewood scored three goals. Hodison had a block and the game quickly began 4-0. Freshman Danielle Melotte had her third goal of the year. Freshman Maddie Frye stopped three shots in goal.
“This weekend was a tough loss, but we learned a lot from it. Coach always says with every negative, there is a positive. We know what we need to work on and its up to us to put in the work to accomplish the goals that we have set as a team,” said senior captain Tara Tarazoff.