Marian University women’s soccer (3-5-0, 1-1-0 NACC) kept pace with Benedictine in the opening half but two second-half goals lifted the Eagles past the Sabres.
The Eagles controlled the pace for most of the opening half firing 10 shots to only two for the Sabres. The defense was able to hold strong, however, behind four saves from sophomore Kylie Lange. Marian would have one opportunity to score when senior Melissa McBride took a free kick just outside of the box but her shot would hit off of the top of the crossbar.
The second half started similarly but Benedictine was able to strike in the 56th minute with a cross that left the Sabre goal empty. A similar play in the 69th minute gave the Eagles a 2-0 advantage.
Needing some goals, the Sabre offense was able to pick up the pace in the final minutes. Freshman Ashley Welk dribbled into the middle of the box past a defender and had a solid scoring chance but saw her shot get blocked by a defender.
The Sabres produced nine shots in the second half to bring their total for the game to 11 led by junior Shannon Coughlin who fired four shots. Lange (3-5-0) took the loss in goal making a total of six stops.
Marian hits the road for the first time in NACC play traveling to CUW for a 4 p.m. kick-off Wednesday, Nov. 2.