The Aurora University Women’s Soccer team had their season come to an end on Sunday night in a hard-fought, back-and-forth game against Benedictine. The loss came in the quarterfinal of the NACC tournament.
The Aurora University Women’s soccer team hosted Benedictine University in the quarterfinal round of the NACC tournament at the newly built Spartan Athletic Park, with the #3 Seeded Spartans getting out to a fast start against the #6 seeded Eagles. Just eight minutes into the game, Freshman Celeste Martinez was able to find Senior Beth Robbins to put the Spartans up 1-0. Benedictine responded quickly however with a goal of their own in the 11th minute. Aurora was able to retake the lead when Freshman Alexis Abelove put the ball in the net off another assist from Celeste Martinez. That goal by the Spartans was also quickly erased as Benedictine found the back of the net to make the score 2-2. AU was unable to retake the lead on a great opportunity, and Benedictine was able to take the ball to the other end and take the lead 3-2. Despite a valiant effort, the Spartans were unable to recover and ultimately fell to the Eagles 3-2.
Although the Spartans’ season came to an abrupt end, Freshman Alexis Abelove sees reasons for optimism going forward. “We must build on what our seniors taught us, which is no matter what the score is, you play your hardest until the whistle blows. Although we are losing key players, we are returning a majority of our team and I am confident we will learn from this season and grow as a team.” While Alexis and other freshman are looking forward to next season, for Senior Beth Robbins, she will not get that opportunity. “It was sad the season came to an end, but it was evident that every player left it all on the field and there isn’t anything more you could ask from your teammates or hope for in your final game,” she stated.
The Aurora University women finish the 2017 season with an overall record of 7-9-1, and were third overall in the NACC with a 7-2-1 record.
Written By: Logan Zavala