GOAL! Men's soccer upsets Aurora, 1-0

GOAL! Men's soccer upsets Aurora, 1-0
October 22, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143

Benedictine University's men's soccer team scored a huge upset on Wednesday evening, knocking off favored Aurora University, 1-0, at The Sports Complex. The win improved the Eagles record to 6-9-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). The victory was a combination of the stories of David versus Goliath and "The Little Train That Could." Aurora entered the game with its 44-man roster and sat in the third place position in the NAC standings. Conversely, Benedictine had just two substitutes available to head coach Rob Kettle and was in eighth place in the league standings. But the Eagles' small roster attacked the game with big-time heart. Benedictine netted the lone goal of the contest at the 15:59 minute mark. The goal resulted after a bicycle-kick attempt by Gene Leonard was deflected by Aurora goalie Matt Ness. The ball trickled to the feet of Giancarlo Chavez, who took a little nudge-stab at the ball from three yards on the left side. Ness tried to save the ball - successfully grabbing it - but was standing beyond the goal line to give Chavez the score. Leonard was credited with an assist on Chavez's third goal of the season. The Eagles' defense turned up the heat and kept the Spartans scoreless for the duration of the half. Led by Izzy Castro, David Bach, Brett Olson and Daniel Furnari, Benedictine kept the Spartans' optimum scoring chances to a minimum. The second stanza opened with Aurora mounting an aggressive rush on the Benedictine net and the Spartans' own defense stiffening versus any potential Eagles' attacks on the offensive end. AU took 10 shots in the second half, while not permitting any to the Benedictine team. (The Spartans out-shot the Eagles 25-7 overall in the match). But Aurora's efforts went unrewarded thanks to BU goalkeeper Jim Hanley. The sophomore from Plainfield, Ill., had nine saves in the match, including four in the second half. Some of those saves came in the waning moments of the match with Aurora moving everyone - including Ness - into an attack position. Aurora's best chance came with just 1:48 minutes left to play when AU's Mike Emma blasted a shot from 12 yards in front, only to have Hanley punch the ball away on the save. The Benedictine defense continued its stellar play down the stretch to preserve the 1-0 victory.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.