by Elana Garay
Men’s soccer won this past weekend on Saturday afternoon when they played against St.Olaf.
“We didn’t play to our full potential today but we still managed to beat a very physical St. Olaf team. It was nice to get our first shutout of the season and start to see glimpse of our offensive capabilities,” said senior Jonny Lehman.
Freshmen Miguel Sanchez scored the first goal with in 12 minutes of the first half with the assist of Freshmen Erik Stammer which put Benedictine in the lead.
“The victory over St. Olaf was a quality result for our team. St. Olaf were the 2014 regular season champions of what is traditionally a very strong conference. While the result was impressive at 3-0, I felt our performance was a bit lacking. We scored an early goal from some crafty individual play by our center midfielder Miguel Sanchez. The rest of the half our intensity dropped and we let them gain territory way too easily. We were fortunate not to concede the equalizer” said head coach Richard J. Nassif.
Sophomore Nick Kapetanos scored the second goal during the second half with the assist of Sophomore Francisco Delgado and Sanchez scored another goal. The final score became 3-0.
“We came out with a couple key adjustments in the second half that seemed to slow them down and frustrate their playmakers. The tactical change to pressure their holding midfielder actually caused the turnover that led to our second goal. At that point, we had knocked their spirits down and quickly struck for the third goal less than five minutes later. Both goals came at a critical point when the match was up for grabs. Credit our midfielders for precise through balls to striker Nick Kapetanos who put his pure speed and composure on display for both goals,” continues Nassif.
Sophomore goalkeeper Steve Mack made five saves during the game. The next game for men’s soccer will be on September 16 against Lake Forest College at 4:00 p.m.