The Benedictine Men’s Soccer team lost a close game to fellow NACC conference member MSOE 3-2 Saturday night at the Lisle Sports Complex. The loss marked the team’s first conference loss this season as well as their first loss in seven games.
“Tonight was an exciting game of college soccer,” said Head Coach Attila Schmidt, “It’s not often that you see both teams miss on penalty kick opportunities. MSOE is a well-coached team and did a great job of capitalizing on their opportunities tonight.”
The conference matchup was a battle throughout as the Eagles started off the game with a strong offensive attack. However, it was MSOE that drew first blood as they held off the Eagles offense to score their own goal in the 10th minute. The Eagles were not deterred as they responded with a goal by Freshman Forward Aldreiron Smith late in the half to tie the game at one going into the break.
The second half saw a flurry of action early as MSOE scored in the 50th minute and following some solid defense added to their score with another goal in the 57th minute giving them the 3-1 advantage. The Eagles would not back down though, responding within one minute with a goal by Sophomore Forward Erik Stammer. Both offenses would trade threats to the defense, but were denied goals as the ended with an Eagles loss 3-2.
“In the second half we gave up two goals by not coming out with the energy we normally have,” said Junior Midfielder Nick Kapetanos, “Our chances could not find the back of the net and in the end we fell short.”
The Eagles next game will be another conference matchup as they will go on the road to face Rockford University on Wednesday.
The Benedictine Women’s Volleyball plays Concordia University Wisconsin Friday night at the Rice Center.
The Benedictine Women’s Volleyball team fell in consecutive matches to Concordia University Wisconsin Friday night at the Rice Center. The loss marked the Eagles third loss to conference opponents.
“CUW is a solid team. I think that we made too many mistakes and weren’t able to put the ball away as much as we needed to,” said Head Coach Jennifer Wildes, “We still had opportunities to win the second set but weren’t able to finish. Had we won that one, it could have turned things around for us in the third set.”
The Eagles started out slow against the Falcons as they allowed a 5-0 run in the first set. The Eagles would not lead the entire first set as they fell to the Falcons 25-18 in the first. The second set went much better for the Eagles as they took an early lead and held a two point advantage late into the set. Concordia Wisconsin would not go down easily however as a couple key kills tied the match at 25. A back and forth battle late in the set ended on with a Concordia Wisconsin kill as they took the second set 28-26.
The Eagles started off on fire in the third set taking an early 9-1 lead as Sophomore Defensive Specialist Kristina Billie recorded three aces during the stretch. The Eagles could not keep up their dominant pace however allowing Concordia Wisconsin to tie the match at 12. After a few even rallies, Concordia Wisconsin went on the offensive to take the set 25-21 and completing the sweep.
“We had some really great moments in this match,” said Junior Defensive Specialist Vanessa Possidoni, “We weren’t able to walk away with a win, but I have confidence that our great flashes we saw can be more consistent in future matches.”
The Eagles next match will be on the road where they look to right the ship against conference opponent Concordia University Chicago Tuesday Night in River Forest.
Going into the fourth quarter on Sunday, the Chicago Bears led the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-0. But in my heart I knew somehow, some way, the Bears would find a way to lose… because it’s the Bears. Low and behold the Jaguars got right back in it with a Chris Ivory touchdown run. Both teams traded field goals after that, making the score 16-10. The Jaguars had the ball at their own 49 yard line with about three minutes left to go in the game.
Then, right on cue, Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles found Wide Receiver Arrelious Ben for a 51 yard touchdown that gave the Jaguars the lead 17-16. With ample time left on the clock and only down one point, the Bears still had a pretty good chance to win, all they needed was a field goal. With about a minute left, the Bears had 4th and 10 on the Jaguars’ 48 yard line. Bears Quarterback Brian Hoyer threw an incomplete pass to Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery that essentially ended the game. But I wasn’t surprised… nor did I care. I knew it was coming the whole game.
At this point, I want the Bears to lose. This year’s team is going nowhere fast. With the Packers and Vikings up next on the schedule, a 1-7 record seems imminent. I would rather have the Bears lose and end up with a high draft pick so we can select a QB (cough cough Deshaun Watson cough cough), rather than beating a team like the Jags.
On the bright side, I LOVE Jordan Howard. According to ESPN fantasy analyst Matthew Berry, Howard has had either a touchdown or 90 total yards in all four games he has 10 or more touches. Also, Bears Wide Receiver Cameron Meredith has looked pretty good while filling in for the injured Wide Receiver Kevin White. Since earning a starting role against the Colts last week, Meredith has had 243 yards and a touchdown.
So the rest of the season, instead of rooting for the Bears to win, root for their young players to play well and improve because that is what it takes to build future success. In conclusion… the Bears suck.