The Candor

Men’s Soccer Loses Close Conference Matchup

By: Logan Hanson

The Benedictine Men’s soccer team lost to NACC conference member Concordia University Chicago (CUC) 2-1 Wednesday night at the Lisle Sports Complex. This was Benedictine’s third NACC loss.

“Simply put, we did not work hard enough or stay focused enough on playing our style. The match had a lot of emotion to it and we were not resolute enough to overcome the adversity thrown our way,” said head coach Richard Nassif, “We made more than scoring enough plays to create quality chances, but did not convert at a high enough rate and our opponents were quite opportunistic.”

Concordia University Chicago started the scoring in the match with a goal in the 25 minute. Benedictine responded with a penalty kick goal by Francisco Delgado with five minutes left in the first half.

The second half began with an early goal by Concordia University Chicago in the game’s 50th minute. Benedictine could not respond to this goal however, despite a 15 minute flurry by the Eagles to end the game.

“It was a tough loss for the team,” Sophomore Gio Ovalle said, “Our expectations are higher than we’ve shown and the season has not gone our way.”

Sophomore Nick Kapetanos lead the team with six shots while Ovalle lead the team with two shots on goal including one that went just wide during the game’s final seconds. Senior Goalkeeper Zorohan Reed made four saves including one on a penalty kick.

The men’s soccer team will play its next conference will be their senior night on Wednesday October 21 at 7 p.m. against Rockford University at the Lisle Sports Complex.