Benedictine falls short to defending champs Lindsey Wilson

Randy Speer, The Circuit

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The Lady Ravens saw their season come to an end at the hands of top-seeded Lindsey Wilson 3-1.

The fourth-seeded Lady Ravens started the match strong, but remnants of the double-overtime win against Mobile began to set in.

Senior defender puts her head on a ball in Wednesday's 2-1 extra time win over Mobile. The Lady Ravens fell in the semifinals Friday. Photo by Randy Speer
Senior defender Kara Hines puts her head on a ball in Wednesday’s 2-1 extra time win over Mobile. The Lady Ravens fell in the semifinals Friday. Photo by Randy Speer

“We looked pretty tired and it would have been nice to get some fresh legs in there, but everyone played their heart out and to the best of their abilities,” senior center back Kara Hines said.

The Blue Raiders struck first in the 37th minute as Shelby Austin settled a ball that deflected off a Lady Raven before finishing it into the back of the net. The closing eight minutes favored Benedictine, but the Lady Ravens could not convert the offensive pressure into a goal.

“We didn’t quite execute on some of our offensive moments, but that’s partly because they are a good team.” Benedictine head coach Lincoln Roblee said.

Lindsey Wilson took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

Within three minutes of the start of the second half, the Blue Raiders doubled their lead to 2-0. Lyana Perez scored off a free kick awarded to Lindsey Wilson. Perez drilled the ball off the crossbar into the goalmouth.

Sophomore midfielder Rosie McShane cleared the ball, believing that it had not crossed into the net as both teams stood around waiting for an official call. A moment passed before the head official whistled it a goal.

Following the goal, Roblee made sure his team aware of the 42 remaining minutes. As the time ticked away, the Lady Ravens’ pace of play became more frantic, attacking over the top and on the outsides.

Ultimately, Benedictine out-shot Lindsey Wilson 16-8.

The Blue Raiders sealed the match in the 78th minute when Mikaela Brewitz finished off a breakaway counter-attack over the hands of a diving Ellen Loughman.

“They finished their opportunities when they got them,” Roblee said. “They were a really good team.”

McShane, Benedictine’s leading goal-scorer, refused to be shutout when she gave the Lady Ravens their 100th goal of the year in the 87th minute.

Benedictine finishes the season 22-2-1, and the senior class will depart as the winningest class in program histroy with a combined record of 67-12-6.

“The team of 2015 will be long remembered for making history.”

Check back later for a full recap of the Lady Ravens season.