Men’s soccer draws in home opener

Benedictine players celebrate with John Mullen, 29, after his goal. Photo by Randy Speer.
Casey Splane, The Circuit

The Benedictine College men’s soccer team finished Wednesday night with a 1-1 draw against the Midland University Wildcats.
While both teams had chances early on in the game with corner kicks, the game progressed slowly until a freshman found the back of the net for the Ravens.

Benedictine freshman John Mullen dribbles past a pair of Midland defenders Wednesday night in the Ravens 1-1 draw at John Casey soccer complex. Photo by Randy Speer.
Benedictine freshman John Mullen dribbles past a pair of Midland defenders Wednesday night in the Ravens 1-1 draw at John Casey soccer complex. Photo by Randy Speer.

“I made my run through and I thought my touch let me down, but I hit it as hard as I could and it went in,” said freshman midfielder John Mullen.
Mullen scored 10 minutes into the game and the Ravens kept the 1-0 lead as they headed into the halftime break.
After a back and forth beginning of the second half, Midland forward Ali Sodal drew a foul inside the 18-yard box, earning himself a penalty kick. He was able to beat junior goalkeeper Caleb Jenkins and tied the game at 1-1 with just over 20 minutes to play.
“You always want to win at home and you don’t want to drop a lead at home,” said Benedictine coach Miguel Rodrigues.
The Ravens and Warriors then played two, 10-minute overtime periods where neither team was able to score. Raven junior forward Ryan Dickerson came the closest out of anyone to score in the overtime sessions sending two shots about the crossbar.
Not only was it the first game for the Ravens 2016 campaign, but it was also the first game in the Miguel Rodrigues era. Even with the result at home, coach Rodrigues still knows it’s early and his team still has things to work on.
“We’re changing a lot of things within the team and system,” Rodrigues said. “Being consistent and putting together a full performance and a full 90 minutes will help us dictate the pace.”
The Ravens will travel to Arkansas to take on John Brown University in their final non-conference game. Kick-off is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.