MEQUON, Wisconsin – The MSOE men's soccer team scored three unanswered goals and held off a late charge to defeat No. 1-seed Concordia Wisconsin 3-2 in the NACC Semifinals Tuesday afternoon at Fitting Field.
The fifth-seeded Raiders (12-6) trailed 1-0 before scoring once in the first half and two more times early in the second half to get by the Falcons (11-4-3) and advance to the 2017 NACC Championship game Saturday at No. 2 Dominican.
MSOE is making its third title game appearance in four seasons and fifth overall since joining the NACC in 2007. Each of the previous appearances has come against the Stars, with the Raiders prevailing 1-0 on the road in 2014 and 3-1 at home in 2015. The teams also played in title matches in 2009 and 2011.
CUW opened the scoring in just the 12th minute, but MSOE pushed forward and nabbed the equalizer just under seven minutes before halftime. The Falcons committed a foul about 25 yards from goal. Senior Braden Andryk stepped up and buried the set piece into the goal to level the score.
It was the 70th goal of his career.
Coming out of halftime, the Raiders went right back to work. Senior Tim Engel scored his first collegiate goal to make it 2-1 just into the 54th minute. Senior Brandon Herman played a ball into the penalty area that Engel was able to run on to and tap into the goal.
Senior Mikey Perez then added, what turned out to be, a much-needed insurance goal exactly five minutes later. Perez took a pass from senior Sean Tabbert and hit a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net and made it 3-1.
The Falcons pushed forward to a comeback and was given a breath of life with a penalty kick goal in the 87th minute.
Fortunately, the Raiders dominated possession for most of the remaining time and were able to see out the victory.
Junior Riley Bruce made four saves in goal for MSOE, which was outshot 21-12. The Red & White put seven shots on goal compared to six by the home side.