Women's soccer nets first NAC win

Women's soccer nets first NAC win
September 22, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Benedictine got just what the doctor ordered on Saturday, scoring a 2-1 win over Concordia University (Wis.). The victory improved the Eagles' record to 2-4 overall and, perhaps more importantly, snapped a three-game losing streak. It was also Benedictine's first Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) win of the season. The Eagles tallied first in the 9th minute when senior Julie Harshbarger (pictured at right) lofted home a free kick from a little over 20 yards away. Harshbarger's shot found the upper right corner to make it 1-0. In the 23rd minute, senior Kiera Vizza bent a corner kick into the net to make it 2-0 Eagles as it stood through the half. With the two-goal cushion, the task then fell to Benedictine's defense to keep order. Led by sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Nielsen - surrounded by freshmen defenders Kaitlin Mitchell, Dana Bonnecarre and Carly Madison - the Falcons were unable to penetrate for a score until the last minute of the match on a free kick. Nielsen had 11 saves in the nets in gaining the win.


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.