Round of Eight Preview: Benedictine vs Mobile

Randy Speer, The Circuit

Orange Beach – Fourth-seeded Benedictine will take on fifth-seeded Mobile in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.

In the second round of the tournament, the Lady Ravens (21-1-1) used a hat-trick by senior Ashley Chandler to advance past thirteenth seeded Campbellsville 4-0.
Junior Hannah Trandahl added the fourth and final goal late in the second half.

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Junior Hannah Trandahl crosses a ball into the box in the second half of the Lady Raven’s match with Campbellsville. Photo by Randy Speer.

Campbellsville entered the game having only given up eight goals on the year, but 90 minutes later Benedictine had scored half that total.

Mobile took down twelfth seeded Biola 2-1 in the final game of the first day of matches in Orange Beach, Alabama. Cayla Herbert and Tyler-Rae Molloy scored for the Rams in the second half to earn the win.

Prior to their match against Biola, Mobile (19-2-0) had not played since Nov. 13 when they beat William Carey to win the Southern States conference tournament championship. They are the host team for the National tournament, giving them an opening round bye.

Benedictine will enter the match a clear offensive favorite. The Lady Ravens are the top goal scoring team in the nation with 97 goals, while Mobile enters with 58 goals.

Senior Ashley Chandler and sophomore Rosie McShane are only 7 goals shy of tying the Ram’s goal-scoring efforts.

Chandler, who bumped her tally to 25 goals with her three-goal effort, trails McShane by one goal.

Mobile won’t let the goals come easy for the Lady Ravens as they have only given up 13 goals all year, and only once has a team netted more than one against them.

Offensively, the Rams are led by Katie Compton who has 13 goals and Herbert who has 11 goals.

Nearly 80 percent of Mobile’s goals are assisted. Saskia Adriance leads the squad with 12 assists.

Benedictine faces Mobile at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 for a chance to advance to the semi-finals.