FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The MSOE women's soccer team scored three second-half goals to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit and defeated Marian 3-2 in its NACC opener Saturday.
The Raiders (2-4, 1-0 NACC) outshot the Sabres (1-5, 0-1 NACC) 15-6 in the second half as they put in three goals by three different players.
Facing a 2-0 deficit coming out of halftime, MSOE wasted little time getting off the board. Sophomore Aly Loepfe (Brookfield, Wis. / East) got the comeback started less than five minutes after the break. Sophomore Caitlin Liddiard (Waukesha, Wis. / South) set a corner kick into the box that senior Paula Bohl (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) played onto Loepfe for the team's first strike.
Bohl then set up the equalizer just over four minutes later, assisting on sophomore Natalie Gayner's (Whitefish, Mt. / Whitefish) second goal of the season.
The comeback was completed in the 77th minute, when freshman Sara Travia (Glendale, Wis. / Nicolet) made a long run into the box and beat the keeper from 10 yards out.
The Red and White were attacking the Marian the entire game. They put five shots on frame in the first half, while outshooting the home team 8-5. Then, in the second half, they outshot the Sabres, putting nine on goal and scoring the three goals they needed.
Freshman Sydney Stephans (Chesterfield, Mo. / Parkway Central) made three saves to get the win for MSOE. On the other end, Caitlyn Rosenberger stopped 11 shots for Marian.
MU leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Alyson Fisher struck first, taking a pass from Laura Maly and scoring off a 30-yard blast in the 12th minute. Brittany Syms made it 2-0 when she chipped Stephans off a loose ball in the 37th minute.
The Raiders will look to make it two wins in a row to start NACC play when they return to action Tuesday, hosting Rockford at MSOE Field.