For the third time this season, the Raven Women's Soccer team welcomed a NAIA Top 25 program to campus and for the first time, the No. 9-ranked Ravens walked away from the BC Soccer Complex with a shutout over that Top 25 team.
Benedictine (5-2-0, 1-1 Heart) earned their fifth straight shutout win over No. 16 Baker University on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win.
All three goals came during the first half of play. Tori Sanders broke the scoreless drought early for the Ravens when she scored during the sixth minute of play.
Liz Intfen pushed the Ravens advantage to 2-0 when she took a free kick from Rosie McShane and was able to control the ball in a scrum in the middle of the box. Abbie Hair pushed the Ravens lead to 3-0 during the 42nd minute of action when she took a centering pass from Sydney Routh and pushed it inside the left post to give Benedictine a three-goal advantage headed into the half.
The two teams combined for a total of six shots in the second half as the Ravens three-goal first half proved to be too much for Baker to overcome.
Benedictine finished the match with a total of nine shots, seven of which were on goal.
Ellen Loughman earned the shutout, going the distance in goal for Benedictine. She finished with four saves, with three of those saves coming in the first half.
Benedictine returns to the road for their next Heart match up as the travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday for a match with Heart newcomer Mount Mercy University. Saturday's match starts at Noon and has been selected by the NAIA as the NAIA Network Women's Soccer Match of the Week. The match will be streamed live on the NAIA Network at www.NAIAnetwork.com.