The Benedictine Men’s Soccer team defeated Lake Forest College 2-0 in the first game of the season on Thursday night at the Lisle Sports Complex. The game marked the team’s first home win of the season and also the first victory for new Head Coach Attila Schmidt.
“I think it was a good first game,” said Schmidt, “Now we have to focus on Saturday it’s a quick turnaround for the next game.”
The first half of the game was an even battle on both sides. The Eagles dominated time of possession however, with many more shots on goals compared to the Lake Forest offense. With 20 minutes left in the half, Junior Midfielder Nick Kapetanos had a break away opportunity that was blocked by a Lake Forest Defender. Kapetanos, who had the most shots for the Eagles, had a few more opportunities to score, but could not hit the back of the net.
The Eagles started the second half fast earning a penalty kick opportunity in the first five minutes of the half. The PK was converted by Kapetanos and the Eagles went up 1-0. The rest of the half went much of the same way as the Eagles later scored on a goal by Freshman Forward Aldreiron Smith giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead that they kept until the end of the game.
“We told ourselves we are going to get a goal in the first five or ten minutes in the second half,” Kapetanos said, “Once we put it away, we gave ourselves more adrenaline and energy for the rest of the game so the PK was very important to the game.”
The Eagles look to start a winning streak on the road when they play against Trinity Christian in their next game on Saturday afternoon.