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Men’s Soccer Loses to North Park


By Elana Garay

SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR

 

 

Last Tuesday Benedictine’s men’s soccer lost to North Park with the score of 1-0.

 

“The game against North Park was an intense affair. As a team we played with a lot of heart and energy for the majority of the game,” said Senior Jonny Lehman. “We lost our concentration for a few seconds in the finally minutes and North Park capitalized and scored the games only goal.”

 

It was slow during the first half of the game, then a goal was made by the opponent towards the end of the second.

PHOTO CREDIT: RANEEN ZUBI

PHOTO CREDIT: RANEEN ZUBI

“I felt the game played out exactly the way we expected, minus the last two minutes. North Park is a very tough team to beat, always regarded as one of the top teams in the region. We prepared the guys for an intense, physical match knowing we could outplay our opponents. We lacked a bit of composure in the first half allowing North Park two quality chances,” said Head Coach Richard J. Nassif.

 

Sophomore Steve Mack, the goalkeeper, made five saves during the game. Sophomore Nick Kapetanos attempted seven shots.

 

“But as the match settled in and we started to take control, we imposed our style on the game and played a majority of the second half in their defensive third,” said Nassif. “Our biggest mistake was missing the four to five quality looks we created and letting them hang around. I know our team, and our striker Nick Kapetanos, will learn from the disappointment of letting this result slip away and build on what was otherwise a winning performance.”

 

The upcoming game for men’s soccer game will be hosted on campus on September 12 against St. Olaf College at 2 p.m.