2009
Red Eleven looking to find heaven at Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex

Red Eleven looking to find heaven at Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex
January 29, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Men’s lacrosse. Women’s field hockey. Professional softball. National track and field. High school football. Drum and bugle competition. The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex has made a myriad of events available to residents of the western suburbs. Now, local “football” fans will be able to enjoy women’s soccer in the comfort of this state-of-the-art facility. The Chicago Red Eleven, a developmental league affiliate of the Chicago Red Stars of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league, has announced that it will play its 2009 home schedule at the 3,000-seat Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex on the campus of Benedictine University. “We are thrilled to be able to bring exciting women’s soccer to the western suburbs,” said Dave Kunka, director of Sports Complex Operations. “Soccer continues to grow in popularity as both a spectator and participation sport. Fans will be able to watch some of this country’s future women’s soccer stars at the Sports Complex.” The Red Eleven, which played as the Chicago Gaels during the 2008 season, is coming off an 11-4 campaign and second-place finish to the Indiana Lionesses in the Midwest Division of the W-League Central Conference. The team features college-age players from throughout the Chicago area. Last year’s roster included Wheaton College’s Kristen Eggert (Glenbard South H.S.), Loyola University’s Mary Dale (Freeport H.S.), and Notre Dame’s Jen Buczkowski (Elk Grove H.S.), a member of the U-21 National Team. The Red Eleven will be coached by Tony Anglin, who led the Atlanta Silverbacks to a 13-0-1 record in 2008 and was named the W-League “Coach of the Year.” He will be assisted by Benedictine University head women’s coach Robyn Serge, Chicago Fire Juniors assistant director of coaching Steve Berry and St. Xavier women’s assistant Evan Strehlau. The team will play six games at the Sports Complex during the 2009 season. A link to the Red Eleven schedule can be found at http://wleague.uslsoccer.com/home/302526.html.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.