Vic McDowell, The Circuit
After an up-and-down season, the men’s soccer squad ended their regular season in victory. They took down Evangel 3-0 to earn the sixth seed in the conference tournament.
The Ravens (9-6-1, 4-5-1 Heart) closed out this season with three straight wins, an objective head coach Rob Herringer gave the team following fall break.
Evangel (0-14, 0-10) is fielding a soccer unit for the first time in school history. It showed. The Crusaders only managed four shots on goal in 90 minutes.
Benedictine achieved Evangel’s shot total within the first seven minutes of play.
Senior Bryan Johnson was the first Raven to get a shot, but was sent away by Evangel’s goalie Adrian Plascencia. Three more Ravens missed before freshman Calum James broke through at the 11:39 mark to make 1-0.
The Ravens had plenty of chances to create a sizeable margin against the Crusaders, but couldn’t connect with the net.
Benedictine missed 15 shots in the first half alone. The group missed wide, high, hit the crossbar or within the range of the Evangel keeper.
Evangel had one shot the entire half. Plascencia highlighted the Crusaders effort with eight first-half saves finishing with 19 in total.
The second half wielded a similar tale.
Benedictine opened the half with a string of misses. Forward Ryan Dickerson notched the second Raven goal with 22 minutes left to play.
The Ravens offense kept the pressure on Evangel peaking in an own goal with ten minutes remaining.
Benedictine keeper Caleb Jenkins wasn’t challenged. Jenkins only needed to grab one save during the matchup.
Following the conclusion of regular season play, the All-Conference teams were announced. Three Ravens made the list.
Senior Alex Buckner was named as a first team All-Conference center back.
Seniors Parker Melott and Johnson were both named to the third team All-Conference.
With the win, Benedictine earned a shot at redemption against No. 11 MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at MidAmerica. In their first match-up, Benedictine took an early two goal lead, before squandering three straight unanswered goals.
Results from the game were not available at time of print.