ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The Raven Women's Soccer team made a splash on Monday night as they made their third straight appearance in the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Second Round.
Benedictine (20-3-0) secured a spot in the NAIA Quarterfinals as they knocked off tournament host the University of Mobile (15-4-2) with a 5-2 win.
Monday's win marks the second straight season that the Ravens have ended the Rams run at the national tournament after earning an overtime win over Mobile in last year's tournament quarterfinals. It was also the worse loss for Mobile since they suffered a 4-0 loss to Cumberland University on Sept. 6, 2014 – a span of 58 matches.
Anna Romano doubled her season goal total for the Ravens, scoring twice in the first 45 minutes of play. She netted the first goal of the match during the 17th minute when she was able to clean up a loose ball and blast a shot inside the post past Mobile keeper Cecilia Duarte. Romano set up the goal after she was dragged down just outside the box. Olivia Meyers put the free kick into the box and after it deflected around off a Mobile defender, Romano capitalized.
It took Romano just seven minutes to extend the Ravens lead to 2-0 when she took a pass from Abbie Hair and streaked down the right flank to blast home her second goal past Duarte.
Mobile pulled with a goal headed into the break but it took the Ravens all of 66 seconds to extend their lead in the second half.
Madison Sanders played a ball into the box that had enough behind it, that Duarte was defenseless again as it found the inside of the net just under the cross bar during the 47th minute.
The score remained 3-1 until the 72nd minute.
After Romano won a 50-50 ball on the defensive end, she passed to Rosie McShane who was able to get around the Mobile midfield and work the ball into the box where she crossed it through to a streaking Emily Ambuul who pushed a one-touch shot past Duarte. McShane wasn't done for the night as she added a goal during the 84th minute to cap of the Ravens scoring effort on the night.
Benedictine outshot Mobile 17-14 and held a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal.
The Ravens take on a familiar opponent in the tournament quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday – Heart rival Baker University. The Wildcats upset William Carey (Miss.) on Monday night 2-1 in the third match of the Second Round before Benedictine took the field. The Ravens earned a 3-0 win over the Wildcats back on Sept. 21 at the BC Soccer Complex.