By Todd Porter Jr, The Circuit.
The No. 15-ranked Benedictine men’s soccer team added to their winning streak by defeating another non-conference opponent on Saturday, Sept. 9th by a score of 6-1.
For the second time this year, the Raven’s have managed to put up six scores on an opponent as they knocked off Sterling College.
The shootout started early when Lucca Rodrigues got the scoring started for the Ravens as he knocked in a pass from Daniel Barry within 16 minutes of the first half.
Defense has played a vital role in the Raven’s success thus far, as they have managed to rally up a 16-4 score advantage within the first five games this season.
“Defense is extremely important to our success,” said Adam James. ” We have incredible defenders on our team, but how we defend as a team is why we are able to have such great success.”
Success is exactly what the Ravens found through the first half as they managed to lead 17-2 in shot attempts and 5-1 in corner kicks.
Forward Adam James’ late strike in the first 41 minutes helped the Ravens take a 2-0 halftime lead.
The second half was quick to start off as Forward Colum James connected with the net to give the Ravens a 3-0 lead off a pass from Daniel Barry.
Sterling would manage to sneak a goal in after 49 minutes of the match, but the Ravens were not rattled, as they responded with three more goals.
Both Adam James and Zack Ferguson connected in the second half off two key assist from midfielder Griffin Lloyd, to wrap-up the offensive attack.
“Our offense has had a great start to the year,” said Calum James. ”We are consistently creating chances for each other to be successful, and our guys feel as if we can score on any of our opponents. Not just myself, but the whole attacking line is showing a presence on the field.”
With the win, the Ravens were able to outshoot their opponents 35-5 and 18-4 on goal. As far as cards go, Benedictine was issued two yellow cards and Sterling was issued one.
Moving forward, the Ravens look to continue working hard to progress on the essential things. “Right now, we are working hard each day in training, getting the fine details covered and focusing on the philosophy Coach Miguel wants us to adopt,” Calum James said.
The Ravens (4-0-1) will work to remain unbeaten while heading into conference play.
“Every game in the Heart will be a fight, so we have to bring it, day in and day out,” said Coach Miguel Rodrigues.