After playing a scoreless 80 minutes at the BC Soccer Complex on Monday night, the No. 19-ranked Raven women's soccer team exploded for three goals in the final 10 minutes of play to earn a 3-0 win over Ottawa University.
The win for the Ravens pushed their early-season record to 2-0 and kept the sheet clean on their home field.
Unlike Saturday night, the Ravens offensive lanes were closed down as the Ottawa defense, anchored by keeper Samantha Gitmed and defender Kallie Bender closed off multiple scoring chances for the Ravens.
At the half, the Ravens held a 13-2 advantage in shots but were scoreless in large part to the four saves of Gitmed and the strong defensive play of Bender.
The first 35 minutes of the second half were evenly matched as Ottawa continued to shutout down the Ravens scoring chances.
After coming out towards the top of the box on mutliple occasions to stop a Raven attack, Gitmed finally gave the Ravens an opening during the 78th minute when she failed to come out and pick off an attack clean. Forward Jordan Francescon was there to clean up a rebound off an attack from forward Bethany Smith.
Less than a minute later Francescon pushed the Ravens lead to 2-0 and then during the 82nd minute she sealed the game for the Ravens with her third goal. The three-goal match was the second career three-goal match for the sophomore out of Temecula, Calif.
Benedictine finished with a 22-4 advantage in shots and a 9-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Keeper Ashley Holland recorded a save in each period to pick up her second shutout of the season.
Benedictine hits the road on Friday as they travel to Seward, Neb., to take on Concordia University. They return home on Saturday for an early-season battle of NAIA Top 20 programs as they host a Noon match at the BC Soccer Complex against No. 9 Oklahoma City University.