by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Benedictine’s men’s soccer lost to Wheaton College on last Wednesday September 23.
“The game against Wheaton was an intense game. As a team we were disappointed in giving up three goals. However, we showed good character in coming back from behind twice. We hope to continue to show that character in future games,” said senior Johnny Lehman.
Wheaton scored the first goal of the first half, then followed a point for Benedictine when Freshmen Erik Stammer scored a goal with the assist of Sophomore Nick Kapetanos and Junior Alex Haro.
“Whenever you talk about the best programs in Division III soccer, Wheaton is one of the first names to come to mind. It’s always exciting to play such a storied program and I thought our guys really embraced the challenge,” said head coach Richard Nassif.
Both teams became at a tie and Wheaton scored another point to break the tie around the middle of the second half. Another goal was scored by Stammer with the assist of Kapetanos. Wheaton scored another goal with six minutes left of the second half.
“I’m sure the match was an exciting one to watch from the stands with both teams displaying some dynamic attacking soccer. We were disappointed to even the match with less than six minutes remaining only to concede the winner in the next minute. But the fight and competitiveness we showed will sustain us this season and I know our players have learned from all of these heartbreaking defeats. Now we shift our focus to conference play,” continues Nassif.
The next game for men’s soccer will be their second game of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), where they will be facing off Aurora University on September 30 at 2 p.m.