Men's Soccer Blast Graceland in Regular Season Finale
Ravens score 4-0 win, locked up No. 3 tournamet seed
The Raven men's soccer team closed out the 2011 regular season in impressive fashion on Wednesday night against Graceland.
Benedictine (14-2, 5-2 HAAC) secured the No. 3 seed in next weeks conference postseason tournament with a 4-0 win over Graceland University (10-5-2, 4-3 HAAC).
The Raven started the scoring off early during the 8th minute when midfielder Troy McKerrell (Jr., Argyll & Butte, Scotland) pushed in a goal off an assist from back Alex Lawrence (Soph., Overland Park). Lawrence headed a corner from back Jaymee Highcock (Sr., Fareham, England) that resulted in the shot on goal by McKerrell so Highcock was credited with an assist as well.
Forward Kyle Greig (Sr., Olathe) cleaned up a loss ball in the box inside the final minute of the first half to give Benedictine a 2-0 lead over Graceland at the half.
In the second half, the Ravens continued to keep the pressure on the Yellowjackets.
Benedictine forward Joe Sbarro (Soph., Parkville, Mo.) took a pass from back Fernando Galvan (Soph., Kansas City, Mo.) during the 58th minute to push the Ravens lead to three goals.
While double assists in soccer occur occasionally, the assist on the final goal of the match came from a very rare place – keeper Mark Saxby (Sr., Olathe).
With the wind at their backs throughout the second half, the Ravens were able to take full advantage of the leg of Saxby clearing the ball well past midfield.
During the 69th minute, Saxby cleared a ball down field which hit forward Kenneth Clarizio (Fr., Aurora, Colo.) in full stride and allowed Clarizio to push it past the Graceland keeper and cap off the scoring for the match.
While the two teams finished with 12 shots each, Benedictine held a 10-4 advantage in the second half and a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Saxby tallied five saves over 90 minutes for his second shutout in as many games. The assist by Saxby was the second one recorded in his career at Benedictine. He tallied his first during his freshman season with Benedictine.
The win by Benedictine secures the No. 3 seed in the HAAC Tournament. The Ravens will host Central Methodist University at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the BC Soccer Complex.
The winner of the match will advance to take on Baker University in Baldwin City on Nov. 9.