2008
Women's soccer looks for even bigger, better things in 2008

Women's soccer looks for even bigger, better things in 2008
August 28, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

After booking one of the more successful seasons in school women’s soccer history last year, the Benedictine University team is eager for more in 2008. While head coach Robyn Serge (third season) has some holes to fill, she welcomes back a nucleus of talent that may make even more success possible. “I think that we got a taste of success last season and that’s something very positive for this year’s team to build on,” said Serge. “Last year we finished strong by ending the regular season on a 10-match unbeaten streak. Our reward was a spot in the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) tournament. “Now, we have to want to do more than just get in the tournament. I think our team wants to make a dent in the tournament and compete for a playoff bid.” In 2007, Benedictine started the year 1-4 before going on the unbeaten skein and an eventual overall record of 10-5-1 (8-3-1 in the NAC). During the unbeaten streak, the Eagles posted four shutouts and outscored the opponents by a 38-to-8 margin. Despite losing three of its top five scorers to graduation, Serge will be able to look to 2007 leading scorer Lauren Omsberg (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East H.S.) to again pace the offense. Omsberg, a second team All-NAC choice in 2007, tallied 13 goals and two assists (28 points) including two match-winning goals. Also back is sophomore Dani O’Toole (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood H.S.) – a NAC honorable mention and All-Rookie Team pick – who was fourth on the club in scoring with 13 points (six goals; one assist). O’Toole had one of the best shooting percentages on the team, sending 56 percent of her shot attempts directly on-goal. Senior midfielder Niki Aidinovski (Chicago Ridge, Ill./Richards H.S.), sophomore defender Melissa Swanson (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East H.S.), junior defender Jenny Walther (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) and sophomore defender Kaitlin Mitchell (Renton, Wash./Hazan H.S) all saw ample playing time last season. Back in the nets is junior goalkeeper Ashley Nielsen (Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy), a two-time NAC honorable mention pick. Nielsen spent every minute in goal last season for the Eagles with a 1.42 goals against average. “I’m excited for what we have the chance to achieve,” surmised Serge. “We have great potential.”

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.