It took some time for the No. 18-ranked Women's Soccer team in on Saturday night as they took on the Central Methodist University Eagles but when things started to click for the Ravens, things settled in nicely.
Benedictine (13-1-0, 4-0-0 Heart) earned its ninth shutout of the season on Saturday night over CMU (8-3-3, 1-3-0 Heart) as they sent their Senior class out with a 3-0 win in the NAIA Women's Soccer Match of the Week.
Saturday night's win was not only the Ravens second straight shutout, it also marked the fourth straight shutout of the Eagles dating back to Nov. 8, 2011.
"We were extremely excited when we found out that we got a Game of the Week," said Senior midfielder Bridget Brotherton. "It was pretty awesome to have our Senior Night picked for such a big game. It took a total team effort tonight and it was cool to be able to do that with the Seniors on the field at the same time."
As you might expect on a Senior Night, Benedictine head coach Lincoln Roblee shook up his lineup to put all seven of his seniors in the starting 11.
That's where the score remained through halftime and into the 51st minute.
Liz Enna scored an unassisted goal during the 51st minute to push Benedictine ahead 2-0 and then Fransescon added an unassisted goal during the 65th minute to close the game out for the Ravens.
"It was definitely a special experience for all of the Seniors," said Senior midfielder Kali Higgins. "To get us all out on the field at the same time and to get to share the experience of doing that in a Game of the Week was pretty special."
While the focus was on the Senior class, Francescon's goal and assist pushed her to a team-leading 37 points on the season and to a team high 11 assists.
While Benedictine was outshooting CMU 22-7, Raven keeper Ashley Holland earned her seventh shutout of the season, picking up three saves over 90 minutes of action.
Benedictine closes out the season with three road matches, the first of which comes on Oct. 24 when they make the trip to Canton, Mo., to take on Culver-Stockton College at 1 p.m.