MILWAUKEE – Puck luck is brought up all the time in hockey. The same theory could be applied to soccer this afternoon as well. The Raiders had a few good looks that didn't go their way en route to being shutout by Benedictine this afternoon.
Benedictine – 2
MSOE – 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sometimes games that go should have gone your way don't. That was exactly the case this afternoon, as MSOE (7-6-1, 5-3 NACC) outplayed Benedictine (6-6-1, 6-2 NACC) but the result was slanted in the Eagles direction after 90 minutes of play. There was only one goal scored in each half, kicking off with the Eagles taking advantage of a very questionable penalty kick call at 5:27. The rest of the first frame would go by without much action, but things picked up quickly in the second. The Red & White had numerous opportunities to net their first goal, but each time fate wouldn't allow it. Whether it was the free kick that went off the crossbar, the juicy rebound that was blocked by a defenseman, or a header that clanked off the post, the ball just wouldn't find the back of the twine. The final few minutes saw the Raiders play a very aggressive style with Ron Marchionna coming out to midfield, but it ended up burning them as the Eagles added a breakaway empty net goal with 21 second to go to ice the 2-0 Red & White defeat.
- This is just the third time that the Raiders have lost to Benedictine and the only time where they have been blanked in the series history.
- If the season were to end today, the Raiders would be in a tie with Concordia Chicago for the fifth seed. Playoff positioning might be on the line as the two will match up in the last game of the season on October 30th.
WHO'S ON DECK
With Dominican and Aurora clinching playoff spots, it's time for the Raiders to take it to the next level. They will start their push for the NACC tournament with a match against Concordia Wisconsin at home this Wednesday starting at 7:00 pm.