LISLE, Illinois – Sophomore Joey Schauer continued his torrid scoring pace with two more goals to propel the MSOE men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Benedictine Saturday night at the Lisle Sports Complex.
The Raiders (12-2, 8-0 NACC) extended their school-record winning streak to 12-straight games and remained the last perfect team in the NACC standings, five points clear of second-place Aurora.
Schauer extended his point-scoring streak to 10-straight games with the two scores while also increasing his NACC-best goal total to 15 on the season. This was also his fifth multi-goal game of the season.
Freshman Rade Novakovich set up Schauer's first goal with his NACC-best 10th assist of the season in the 22nd minute. Freshman Ron Marchionna got the play started, sending a set piece deep into the attacking third. Novakovich had the first touch but a BenU defender deflected the ball back to him. Novakovich then headed the ball past the defense to Schauer, who fended off his defender to one-touch the ball into the goal.
The Eagles (9-6, 6-2 NACC) would equalize through Erik Stammer on a rebound in the box just minutes after halftime.
In the 67th minute, Schauer came away with the game-winner. He and senior Stephen Bagin were pressuring the BenU back line when they forced an errant clear attempt straight up in the air. When the ball came down, Bagin got a deft touch to push the ball towards Schauer, who was running through the back line, and he tucked another shot into the net to make it 2-1.
Marchionna made eight saves in collecting his 10th-straight win in goal to start his collegiate career.
MSOE conceded a slight 16-15 shot advantage in the game, including 9-7 in shots on goal. The Benedictine offense did force five more corners (7-2) but the Red & White defense was up to the task.
The Raiders return to action Wednesday at Concordia Wisconsin.