Men’s soccer midseason report

By Casey Splane, The Circuit

The Benedictine College men’s soccer team has started the season 2-2-1 under first year head coach Miguel Rodrigues.

The Ravens started the beginning of the year at home with a 1-1 draw against Midland in overtime.

“You always want to win at home, but the goal was to improve,” Rodrigues said.

The Ravens then traveled to John Brown University where they lost 4-1 and then quickly bounced back to start Heart conference play with a 4-2 win against Culver-Stockton.

The Ravens then came back home to take on No.10 Baker. Benedictine took a 2-1 lead late in the second half before yielding the tying goal. Late in the second overtime period Wildcat freshman Peyton Brown scored from 40 yards out on a free kick to escape with a win.

“It’s tough that we’ve gone into overtime twice at home,” said junior keeper Caleb Jenkins, who has made 30 saves so far on the year. He stopped 14 Wildcat shots in the overtime loss.

The Ravens stayed at home to take on Avila University on Wednesday night. With overtime lurking, the Ravens caught the Eagles on a counter attack that led to the win.

With less than a minute to go, junior Adam James stole the ball inside the 18-yard box on a pure hustle play and was immediately tackled from behind before he was able to get the shot away on an open net. Avila defender Richie Lane was given a red card for the tackle and James positioned himself with the game on his foot.

“I did a stutter step and picked my spot,” James said.

The Ravens remain at home tonight as part of the Family weekend celebrations. They take on the University of Jamestown at 7:30 p.m.