ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The No. 11-seeded Raven Women's Soccer season came to a close at the hands of a familiar opponent on Wednesday night as they suffered a 2-1 loss to No. 12-seeded Baker University Wildcats at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in the Quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
Benedictine (20-4-0) held a 12-10 advantage in shots and a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal over Baker (17-3-3) but the Ravens were limited to four shots in the second half with just one on goal.
The Ravens struck first on Wednesday night. Olivia Meyers took a corner kick for the Ravens during the 13th minute of play. She sent it in and the ball bounced loose above the box where Madison Sanders sent it back in to the box where Liz Intfen redirected it past Baker keeper Rachel Hunt.
Benedictine remained in the lead until the 37th minute when Jenna Lattimer scored to pull the match all square headed into the half.
The match remained tied into the 73rd minute when Heart Defensive Player of the Year Krista Hooper was able to break the tie for the Wildcats and push her team in front of the Ravens 2-1.
Benedictine continued to press forward but the Baker defense prevented the Ravens from getting a clear run at the goal. After drawing a foul during the 84th minute, the Ravens lined up for a free kick with looking to pull the match square again. Intfen lined up the kick and pushed it just past the far post over the head of Abbie Hair for a goal kick.
That proved to be the clear chance as they continued to attack but could never get a good luck from inside the box.
Ellen Loughman finished with three saves over 90 minutes in goal for the Ravens to suffer the loss while Hunt finished with five saves for Baker.
The Raven Senior class of Intfen, Anna Hagenkord, Hannah Trandahl, Alysa Gusman and Kaitlin Hintz finish their careers as Ravens with the most wins for a class in program history. They helped guide the program to four straight Heart Championships, three Heart Tournament title and three NAIA national tournament appearances.