By Casey Splane, The Circuit
Benedictine’s women’s soccer team has been battled tested early.
After losing a tight game to No. 3 Westmont 4-2 in the season opener on Aug. 27, the Lady Ravens rattled off four straight wins, including one against No. 11 Hastings 3-1 Sept. 4.
“We’re playing teams that aren’t going to be forgiving,” said coach Lincoln Roblee. “At this point there is no reason to run and hide.”
The Lady Ravens started off conference play with a road loss at Culver-Stockton, 2-0. This is the first time the Lady Ravens have lost the first conference game of the season since September 2015.
The Ravens returned home to take on rival foe Baker and downed the No. 18 Wildcats 3-0.
“We came out ready to play,” said senior captain Liz Intfen. “We definitely had a little fire under us.”
Most recently, the Ravens took down Avila University 6-1 in which a majority of the end of the second half featured the youth of the program.
“It’s a good, fun group,” said Roblee. “We’ve got a fantastic freshman class.”
Against Avila, freshman Sydney Routh scored a pair of goals to bring her season total to three.
“I was trying to find my groove with the team and fit into my role” said Routh. “I’m trying to support the team the best I can.”
Routh has supported the Lady Ravens with three goals and has been accompanied by many other freshmen such as Emily Ambuul and Nicole Kelly.
The Ravens are led by junior Rosie McShane and sophomore Olivia Myers who each have five goals, while on the back end of the formation junior Ellen Loughman continues to build a wall in the net giving up just one goal per game.
Benedictine opened the season at No. 4 nationally have dropped to No. 9.