Soccer draws Culver-Stockton in double overtime

Randy Speer, The Circuit

For the second straight game, Benedictine’s men’s soccer team went into overtime. For the second straight time, they were unable to score the game winning golden goal.

The Ravens drew with Culver-Stockton 1-1.

But head coach Rob Herringer isn’t worried.

“We are okay.”

The Ravens had opportunities late in the game to get the victory, but could not find a way to get the ball into the back of the net.

“It was one we should have won,” he said. “Obviously disappointing, but there are good things too. It’s just the little things that continue to haunt us.”

Little things like turning the ball over in the defensive half of the field and lacking a consistent attacking player scoring.

Culver-Stockton got the equalizer in 57 minute off a turnover in the defensive half.

Senior Parker Melott netted the Raven’s only goal in the 19 minute.

It wasn’t the team’s only opportunity. The Ravens outshot the Wildcats 18 to 17, but had few shots on frame (9 to 4).

Benedictine’s offensive opportunities continued into overtime where they had more chances to find the back of the net.

“We were all over them, fitness-wise we were in good shape. We kept going forward while they were hanging on by a thread,” Herringer said.

The Ravens took eight shots combined in the overtimes.

“It took someone to step up and make a play. We had opportunities, we just didn’t finish any of them off,” Herringer said. “We looked like the better team, the fitter team, but we have to finish off games.”

The young Raven squad – they feature seven regular freshmen and sophomores – has out-grown the youthful excuse for some of the mistakes being committed, Herringer said.

“Nobody cares how old you are, they care how you play the game.”

Benedictine will be back on the pitch against York College at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 as part of the Family Weekend festivities.