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Scots just shy of victory

September 19, 2014

Benedictine University women’s soccer team outlasted Monmouth College in an overtime battle last Saturday in Lisle. With the game tied 2-2 going into the late minutes of overtime, Benedictine’s Taylor Pokorny kicked in the game winning shot to seal the victory against the Fighting Scots.

Monmouth got off to an early lead about 20 minutes in by a goal from senior Lauren Kellen.

“Manns slotted me a perfectly placed ball out in front of the goal and from there I didn’t have much left to do,” said Kellen. Benedictine University had an answer just two minutes later when Danielle Mellote shot in the game-tying goal. The Eagles’ Rachael Hodison scored the go-ahead goal just minutes later to put Benedictine ahead 2-1 at the end of the first half.

The Scots made some changes going into the second half. With these changes, the Scots were able to get a game-tying goal from Allie DeArvil unassisted.

This goal and a great defensive game gave the Scots an opportunity to play for the win in overtime. A halftime break was what the team needed to reboot and refocus.

“The field players played much better in the second half,” said Coach Richard Johnston.

These changes seemed to lift the players going into overtime. However, two quick mistakes occurring in the midfield and on defense, led to the late overtime goal by the Eagles’ Pokorny.

The Scots will have a tough road ahead of them this week going into conference play this Saturday.

“None more important than this weekend’s upcoming game against Cornell,” Johnston said.

“We just need to keep building,” said senior Alex Ivie.

By Saturday the Scots will have to be built up if they want to crack one of the four playoff spots this season. The team is set to play Cornell College at home during Family Weekend.

Branson Cain
Contributing Writer

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