MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's soccer team was once-again bitten by an early goal and unable to recover, this time in a 2-0 loss to Pacific Lutheran Saturday afternoon at Viets Field.
The Raiders (0-2) have now conceded three of their first four goals of the season inside the first eight minutes and were unable to answer against the Lutes' (2-0) defense.
The visitors opened the scoring just 42 seconds into the match with deft passing opening a gap in the Red & White defense, allowing Chris Trussel to slide a shot in the far post. PLU would then double its advantage on a counter-attack, as DJ Joe slipped his mark to a far-post shot of his own in the 33rd minute.
MSOE was not without its chances but only has one dangerous attempt to get on the board in the second half. Sophomore Joey Schauer brought the ball down the far side and cut back a pass to an on-rushing teammate in freshman Connor Kapczynski. Kapczynski was tripped from behind as he raced the keeper to the ball and the Raiders were awarded a penalty kick. RJ Noll came up with the save to preserve the shutout.
Both teams attempted eight shots in the match with four going on goal. Senior Ryan Snyder made one save in the first half in goal and freshman Ron Marchionna made his collegiate debut with a scoreless second half and one save.
The Raiders return to the field Wednesday at Lawrence.