Story by Josh Pound, Benedictine Sports Information
ATCHISON, Kan. - On paper, the match up on Saturday night between the No. 15 Benedictine (Kan.) men's soccer team and Central Methodist (Mo.) looked to be evenly matched. The final result, however, went heavily in favor of the home-standing Ravens as Benedictine (8-1-2, 2-0-0 HAAC) earned a 6-0 victory over CMU (7-3-1, 1-1-0 HAAC) in the NAIA Men's Soccer Game of the Week.
With the shutout, Benedictine has tallied a clean sheet defensively in every match since Sept. 5 when they allowed one goal in a 3-1 win on the road at Doane (Neb.).
The Ravens have limited their opponents to just four goals at the BC Soccer Complex with all four of those goals coming in the first two matches of the season on Aug. 24 and Aug. 30.
Benedictine broke a scoreless tie during the 39th minute when Joe Sbarro scored off an assist from Kyle Fischer.
The Ravens held a 1-0 advantage at the half over CMU and a slight advantage in shots at 7-3 at the break as well.
As the time ticked away on the second 45 minutes minutes of the play, Benedictine's offense started to heat up as the Ravens exploded for five second-half goals en route to the convincing victory over CMU.
Fernando Galvan staked the Ravens to a 2-0 lead during the 54th minute off an assist from Jade Mesias.
Fischer was next to find the back of the net, during the 65th minute off an unassisted effort to push Benedictine's lead to 3-0.
Gui Gomes converted a dramatic bicycle kick off a Fischer assist during the 73rd minute and then Sbarro added his second goal of the match during the 77th minute.
Galvan wrapped up the scoring effort for Benedictine as he knocked in a penalty kick during the 89th minute to send the Ravens to their second straight conference shutout.
With a 9-5 advantage in shots over the second half, the Ravens doubled up the Eagles for the match, outshooting CMU 16-8.
Raven keeper Taylor Vinnage tallied the shutout to earn his seventh shutout of the season.
Benedictine remains at home for their next match at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as they host Avila (Mo.) at the BC Soccer Complex. Tuesday's match will be available on both BRSN radio and BRSNtv.