Women's soccer stumbles in opener

Women's soccer stumbles in opener
August 30, 2008

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

The Benedictine women's socccer team found itself on the short end of a 2-0 score in the 2008 season opener versus rival North Central College. The Eagles are now 0-1, while the Cardinals are 1-0, after the non-conference match played in Lisle. NCC held an advantage in most statistical categories, including out-shooting the Eagles by an 11-5 margin (including a 7-2 difference in the first half). The Cardinals netted a pair of first half goals off the foot of Shannon Finucane. Finucane tallied at the 14:50 mark and again at 42:05 to send her team into the halftime locker room with the big lead. Benedictine played NCC even during the second stanza and even managed to put three shots directly on goal (something Benedictine had not done in the first half). Jenny Walther (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) blasted two shots, while Lauren Omsberg (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East H.S.) took the other. Cardinals goalkeeper Elise Manzie - who played the second half after spelling starter Amy Frazzini - made clutch saves on each of the attempts to keep the Eagles at bay and register the shared shutout. Benedictine goalkeeper Ashley Nielsen (Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy) had four saves in the match, two in each half of play. Benedictine will return to action next Friday (Sept. 5) in a non-conference tilt at Lake Forest College. Match time is 5:00 p.m.


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.