MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Joey Schauer scored three goals to lead the MSOE men's soccer team to a decisive 5-1 victory over Marian Wednesday evening at Viets Field.
The Raiders (9-2, 5-0 NACC) led 3-0 at halftime behind two goals from Schauer before closing out the Sabres (3-6-1, 1-4 NACC) for their ninth-straight win.
Schauer opened the game's scoring just 2:01 into the game, taking a pass from Novakovich and slotting a shot home for the opener. Then, in the 18th minute, it was a mirror image score for Schauer, this time with freshman Konrad Knap playing distributor the other direction but the same result.
Novakovich would get a goal of his own before halftime, converting a cross from sophomore Sam Gianakos in the 33rd minute.
Marian pulled a goal back in the 58th minute as the visitors looked to grab some momentum in the match.
It did level off a bit with the Sabres pushing forward but they would get no closer. Instead, Bagin re-established the three-goal cushion by finishing a rebounded shot in the 79th minute. Novakovich notched his second assist of the match after dribbling around the defense towards the endline. He had his near-post shot saved by the keeper only for Bagin to crash the goal and knock in the rebound.
Then, just under four minutes later, Schauer capped his hat trick with an individualistic performance. A defender took a short outlet from the keeper and Schauer took the ball away with an expertly-timed tackle at the top of the penalty area. He turned toward goal and beat the scrambling keeper just inside the far post.
MSOE outshot Marian 20-9 in the match, including 12-4 in shots on goal. The Sabres did force five corner kicks to the Red & White's two but was unable to capitalize.
Freshman Ron Marchionna remained perfect in goal this season at 7-0, making three saves to earn the win.
The Raiders return to the field Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran.