Benedictine senior forward Nicole Kelly goes for a shot against Sterling College Monday night at the BC Soccer Complex.

The No. 5 Benedictine women’s soccer team got the season started in commanding fashion Monday night with a 9-0 win over Sterling College at the BC Soccer Complex.

Benedictine put the pressure on early offensively and earned a 6-0 lead going into halftime.

Coach Lincoln Roblee said he was pleased with the early production and effort of his team.

“We wanted to get out here and gain experience in this game and get moving,” Roblee said. “It was good that we were able to get good goals early and kind of just set the tempo of the game.”

Senior forward Nicole Kelly recorded almost half the Raven goals on the night with four.

Kelly also diversified her scoring with goals from her left, right and a header.

“She had an outstanding overall performance,” Roblee said. “She is going to have a lot more of them this season.”

The senior gave credit to her teammates and stressed the importance of finding different ways to score.

“It’s really important to dribble, pass and shoot with different parts of your body,” Kelly said. “I was really lucky with how and where my teammates played me the balls and made it easy for me.”

Senior forward Emily Amduul and junior middle fielder Natalie Duque both had a pair of goals on the night as well.

The game ended with Benedictine amassing a staggering 49 shots on goal, while the Warriors had zero.

Next up for the Ravens is a top-five home showdown against No. 3 Southeastern College Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Roblee said he wants this type of test for his team early in the season.

“We’ve been trying to get big match ups early in the season lately,” Roblee said. “We want a kind of final four type game to start the season. We’re going to have a 90 minute battle on Thursday.”

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