LISLE – Benedictine was able to strike first in overtime to defeat Edgewood by a score of 3-2. The game-winning goal was scored by freshman, Alex Pillath.
Benedictine Senior, Aldreiron Smith, scored the lone goal of the first half in the 19th minute. After an Edgewood player received a red card in the 55th minute, Edgewood came back and scored two goals in the 56th and 58th minute.
The game featured one red card and five yellow cards between the two teams with Benedictine picking up four yellow cards.
Off a penalty kick by senior Lukasz Sulka, Benedictine evened up the game in the 76th minute. The teams remained tied until the 97th minute when a dribbler from Pillath sneaked its way into the post for the third and final goal of the game.
“Scoring the goal felt really good,” Pillath said, “It was a very hard-fought game and neither team wanted to give anything up.”
After the goal, Benedictine celebrated accordingly.
“It was an absolutely amazing feeling. Everyone stormed on the field in excitement and we all celebrated around Pillath” said sophomore Tony Mavrogiannis, “We were all so happy that we found a way to end the game with a win.”
After going winless in their first four contests, Benedictine is on a hot streak. The overtime win was the Eagles sixth win in their past eight games.
“As a team, we are happy where we are right now,” Pillath said, “The beginning of the season was really tough, but we figured it out and have been playing really good lately.”
They resume conference play Wednesday at home against Dominican University.