It took into the 49th minute for the No. 4-ranked Raven Women's Soccer team to break through in their season opener on Saturday night, but when they did they scored three goals en route to a 3-0 win over William Woods University.
After Mother Nature prevented the Ravens from taking the field for their home opener earlier in the week, the Ravens finally took to the BC Soccer Complex against the Owls in impressive fasion.
Two straight saves from William Woods' keeper Rebecca Sturgess late in the first half prevented the Ravens from breaking through in the first 45 minutes of play as the two teams went to the halftime break in a scoreless draw.
Five first-half saves by Sturgess kept the Owls in the game through halftime as Benedictine held a 10-1 advantage in shots.
Anna Romano made the Ravens first run of the second half only to be turned away by Sturgess. The ball deflected off the keeper and Abbie Hair found it to push through the Ravens first goal of the match during the 49th minute.
Ten minutes later, Emily Ambuul pushed the Ravens lead to 2-0. After missing a scoring opportunity seconds earlier, Ambuul was able to beat her defender and blasted a shot right through Sturgess for the second goal fo the night for Benedictine.
Olivia Meyers capped off the Ravens scoring effort on the night during the 69th minute.
Benedictine finished with a 20-2 advantage in shots and a 12-0 advantage in shots on goal.
Ellen Loughman earned the win in goal for the Ravens as she picked up her third career win over William Woods with the 90-minute shutout.
The Ravens hit the road on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game in Parkville, Mo., against Park University .The match start time has been moved up an hour to 5 p.m. from what was previously posted.