No. 20 Benedictine defeats No. 9 Baker 2-1, ‘Cats lose first of season

Story by Kyle Davis

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The Baker men’s soccer team was handed its first loss of the season Saturday against No. 20 Benedictine College in a 2-1 defeat at Liston Stadium.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 9 in the country, are now 8-1-3 and are in fifth place in the HAAC, while Benedictine sits alone at the top of the conference with a 4-0 HAAC record and an 11-1 record overall.

“I think the way we look at it, you can always learn from a loss,” junior Matt Griffin said. “Hopefully we can just move forward now, learn from our mistakes, and go from there.”

An own goal by the Wildcats gave Benedictine the lead near the midway point of the first half. <br/>Senior Matt Germain had a chance to tie the game with a penalty kick at the end of the first half, but the shot was saved by Ravens goalie Tanner Fox. Fox recorded seven saves in the match for the Ravens.Senior Matt Germain had a chance to tie the game with a penalty kick at the end of the first half, but the shot was saved by Ravens goalie Tanner Fox. Fox recorded seven saves in the match for the Ravens.
Senior Matt Germain had a chance to tie the game with a penalty kick at the end of the first half, but the shot was saved by Ravens goalie Tanner Fox. Fox recorded seven saves in the match for the Ravens.

Brendan Copeland scored the second goal of the match for Benedictine in the 67th minute to give the Ravens a 2-0 lead.

Baker’s lone goal came off a header by senior Luke Haidarovic in the 87th minute. Senior Kome Okiomah and junior Jacob Chiarelli were credited with the assist. The goal by Haidarovic was his fifth of the season and this was the third straight game in which he has scored a goal.

“We had plenty of opportunities to put it away during the second half,” Griffin said.

Baker will travel to Park University Tuesday for a matchup against the team Baker defeated 1-0 in overtime in the first round of the NAIA National Playoffs last season. This is the beginning of a four-game road stand as the Wildcats will not be back at home until October 30 when they take on Culver-Stockton College.