2008
Women's soccer stumbles in opener

Women's soccer stumbles in opener
August 30, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

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.

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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.