By Randy Speer, The Circuit.
The Benedictine women’s soccer program added another piece of hardware to its trophy case, claiming its third straight conference tournament championship with a 2-0 win over MidAmerica Nazarene Friday night in Atchison.
With the team’s 11th-straight win, the Lady Ravens also claimed its third straight double-double, winning both the regular season title as well as the the conference tournament.
“I am really proud of the team that we could win the double and really look forward to the National tournament,” Benedictine coach Lincoln Roblee said.
Benedictine was led by none other than Heart Offensive and Overall Player of the Year Rosie McShane, who scored both of the Lady Raven’s goals on the evening,
The junior’s first goal came in the 19th minute as she flicked the ball into the box before striking it past the Pioneer keeper from 15-yards out to take a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Ravens took the 1-0 lead into the locker room.
The Pioneers came out of the break looking to score, but Benedictine keeper Kaitlin Hintz turned MidAmerica away at every chance.
“They had a couple near misses where it took a lot of grit and the team in those instances really fought hard and once we won those battles I thought it would create opportunities to score,” Roblee said.
The senior has step in for the injured Ellen Loughman for the past four games and posted four straight shutouts in the process including Friday’s three save performance.
Hintz’ biggest save of the night came in the second half, when she pulled down a corner kick in from midair.
“When this opportunity came, she was next in line and she did a great job,” Roblee said. “She really stepped up her game … She has really come up big.”
McShane sealed the win with here second goal in the 87th minute on another unassisted goal.
The Lady Ravens will likely host an opening round playoff game when the National Tournament Bracket is announced at 11 a.m. Monday. Benedictine holds the No. 12 ranking in the polls and the thirteenth best MRPI when the second MRPI poll came out on Oct. 19.
The final MRPI poll does not come out until after the bracket is released.