LISLE, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The sixth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team's road run through the 2016 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament came to an end in the championship game, as it fell to second-seeded Benedictine, 3-0, on Saturday night at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.
- Final Score: No. 2 Benedictine 3, No. 6 Wisconsin Lutheran 0
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (9-8-5), Benedictine (14-4-2)
- Location: Village of Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex, Lisle, Ill. | Attendance: 413
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Warriors strung together a pair of corner kicks, coupled in between a shot, in the 11th minute of the match, but had nothing to show for it.
- Eleven minutes later, the Eagles' Erik Stammer fired a shot into the back of the net off a deflected free kick from 15 yards away for a 1-0 BenU lead. Stammer's ninth score of the season would later prove to be the game-winner.
- NACC Offensive Player of the Year Nick Kapetanos netted his 26th goal of the season seven minutes later on a through ball from Stammer from 30 yards out.
- The Warriors, who trailed 2-0 at halftime, put two of their five first-half shots on target.
- BenU added its third and final tally in the 50th minute of the second half on a Pedro Parra shot from 20 yards out.
- WLC recorded a shot on goal in the 57th minute, but the visitors were kept off the scoreboard for the entire championship match.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Eagles held a 19-8 advantage in shots, including an 11-3 margin in shots on target over the Warriors.
- Erek Lehnen (Fort Myers, Fla./Southwest Florida Christian) made eight saves in the match, bringing his total to a league-leading 132 for the season.
- Yussef Sahraoui (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) and Isaiah Gronholz (Watertown, Wis./Lakeside Lutheran) recorded two shots each, including one on frame.
- The match marked the final contest for Warriors' seniors Enrique Arreola (Anna, Ill./Anna-Jonesboro), Trey Hendricks (Fort Atkinson, Wis./Fort Atkinson), and Chase Maxwell (Green Bay, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran).
- WLC won its first two games making its fifth NACC Tournament appearance and became just the second sixth seed to advance to the championship game.
- Kapetanos led the Eagles' offensive attack with four shots. BenU goalkeeper Antonio Marti-Polo made three saves to record the clean sheet.
- Benedictine improved to 7-1-2 on its home turf in 2016, winning its fourth straight match over Wisconsin Lutheran.
- The Warriors finished their 2016 season with an overall record of 9-8-5 and a 4-4-2 mark in the NACC. WLC has finished with a .500 or better overall record for five straight seasons.