MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Five first-half goals from visiting Benedictine proved to be too much to overcome for the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team Wednesday night on Senior Night and their season finale at Warriors Soccer Field. BenU defeated WLC, 6-1.
- Final Score: Benedictine 6, Wisconsin Lutheran 1
- Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-11-1, 2-8-0 NACC), Benedictine (13-5-0, 8-2-0 NACC)
- Location: Warriors Soccer Field, Milwaukee, Wis.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the 7' minute when Erik Stammer took a pass from Lukasz Sulka in the box and found the back of the net.
- Benedictine doubled its lead in the 12' when Sulka received a pass from Stammer and beat the keeper to the right side from 10 yards out.
- Sulka scored his second goal of the match in the 14' minute to put the Eagles ahead 3-0.
- The Eagles struck again in the 20' minute when Stammer found the back of the net again, this time off of an assist from Santiago Beltran.
- WLC got a goal back at the 20:25 mark when Isaiah Gronholz (Watertown, Wis.) took a pass from Ryan White (East Troy, Wis.) and shot the ball into the open net.
- Sulka scored his third goal of the half in the 24' minute to put the visitors up 5-1.
- Benedictine scored again in the 53' minute after Drew Schmucker converted a penalty kick.
- Neither team scored in the final 35 minutes of the contest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Gronholz led Wisconsin Lutheran's attack with seven shots, four coming on goal. He also scored the lone goal for the hosts for his team-leading eighth of the season.
- Ivan Herrera (Milwaukee, Wis.) collected four shots with one on goal.
- Erek Lehnen (Fort Meyers, Fla.) made a season-high 16 saves in net.
- The contest marked the final career matches for WLC seniors Gronholz, White, and Jimmy Pierson (Brown Deer, Wis.).
FOR THE FOES
- The visitors out-shot the Warriors 33-16 in the contest, with 22 shots on goal.
- The Eagles also registered nine corner kicks in the match.
- Sulka led the way for Benedictine with seven shots, five coming on goal, and a hat trick in the contest.
- Stammer also registered two goals for BenU.
- Antonio Marti Polo made one save in goal in the opening 45:00 minutes to earn the victory, as three Eagles shared time in net.
- Benedictine, the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NACC Tournament, won its fifth straight match over the Warriors.
- Wisconsin Lutheran concludes its 2017 season with an overall record of 6-11-1 and a 2-8-0 mark in the NACC.