Men's Soccer Downs Concordia Chicago 4-1

Men's Soccer Downs Concordia Chicago 4-1

MILWAUKEE – Four different players scored goals to lead the MSOE men's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Concordia Chicago Wednesday night at Viets Field.

The Raiders (11-2, 7-0 NACC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead and quickly canceled out a Cougars (3-7, 2-5 NACC) goal to extend their school-record winning streak to 11 games.

Freshman Rade Novakovich had a goal and two assists while sophomore Joey Schauer scored a goal of his own and added an assist. Senior Stephen Bagin and sophomore Lucas D'Amato also found the back of the net.

Bagin opened the scoring with a solid individual effort down the far side. He took a long run into the box before slotting a shot inside the far post in just the sixth minute.

Novakovich and Schauer then teamed up for a pair of goals, book-ending the visitors pulling a score back.

Schauer set up Novakovich in the 30th minute with a pass out wide. Novakovich then capitalized as the keeper slipped on the slick turf, putting the ball into the empty net.

CUC made it 2-1 just over two minutes later, converting off a long throw-in into the box that the Raiders could not clear.

Schauer re-established the two-goal lead in the 38th minute as Novakovich played him clear of the defense with a deft through ball from the midfield.

MSOE went into halftime with a 3-1 lead and came out in the second half riding the momentum. The home side continued to attack the Cougar goal. CUC benefited from one hit crossbar, a defender clearing a ball off the line, and several impressive saves to keep the Red & White at bay.

That lasted until the 81st minute when D'Amato capped the scoring. Sophomore Sam Gianakos played a long ball down the far sideline, which Novakovich tracked down. He then whipped a one-time cross into the center of the box where D'Amato met the pass with a diving header at the top of the six-yard box to make it 4-1.

The Red & White held a commanding 20-6 shot advantage in the game, putting nine shots on goal. The home team also took seven of the game's nine corner kicks.

The Raiders return to the field Saturday at Benedictine (6-1) in a showdown of the top two teams in the NACC standings.