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 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.