by Logan Hanson
Benedictine’s women’s soccer defeated Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference (NACC) member Concordia University Chicago with the score of 3-1 on Wednesday night. This earned their fourth win and first conference victory.
“We are excited to start out the conference slate of our season with a win. Great start to accomplish the goals we have set as a team,” said head coach Michael Boland.
After a scoreless first half, Benedictine capitalized on their opportunities in the second half. The first point for Benedictine was when sophomore Danielle Melotte scored a goal on penalty kick in the 50 minute.
“We were able to put together a whistle to whistle performance showing our ability to not only play with teams in our conference but to compete with them,” Melotte said, “CUC has always been a fierce competitor and this year we were able to get the results we deserved.”
A goal from junior Jackie Elzakhem and another from freshman Zoie Holloway to go along with Melotte’s which in total is three goals for Benedictine in the second half. Elzakhem led the team with five shots, while Melotte and Junior Daniela Nieto had two each. Sophomore goalkeeper, Maddie Frye, made four saves as she played the entire game.
“I told the players to certainly enjoy this one tonight,” Coach Boland said, “but tomorrow (Thursday) morning, preparations begin for Edgewood College.”
The next game for the team will be against Aurora University on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on campus at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.