By Elana Garay
On Wednesday, Benedictine’s Men’s Soccer team lost to Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).
“Being my senior year, I did not expect MSOE to be our last game. We have beat them before and knew that we had enough talent to beat them again. We were so pumped and nervous at the same time. During our team huddle, it was a sure thought we would gain the win,” said senior Anes Kadiric.
In the first period of the game, the opposing team made the first goal. About 20 minutes later, another goal was made by MSOE. Benedictine scored a goal, which was made by the soccer player Nick Kapetanos. Before the period ended, another goal was made by MSOE.
In the second half, Benedictine started out strong, but MSOE came back in the 57th minutes of the game to score one goal. The Benedictine Eagles were unable to make a comeback, ending the game with a final score was 4-1.
“For some reason, we were not clicking like we usually do. It was stressful because I felt the game slipping at every turnover. When the game ended, I felt an emptiness inside that something was wrong, but the fact that it was my last collegiate soccer game and the brotherhood of the team is done with did not hit me right away. It may be over now, but I will forever remember all of the great memories made on this team,” said Kadiric.
Freshman Steve Mack stopped 7 shots in goal throughout the game. Freshman Kapetanos and senior Ante Markotic each tailed 3 shots.
“It was a tough defeat. We knew coming in what we had to do if we wanted to leave MSOE with a win. Unfortunately, it did not go our way. Many things went wrong in this game. In the end, a very heartbreaking way to end our season knowing we were once again one win away from the NACC final,” stated senior Edgar Reyes.
This was the second year in a row that the men’s soccer team has made to the semifinals.