NOTRE DAME, Indiana – Junior Kelsey Hailey scored a goal and assisted on another as the MSOE women's soccer team opened the 2016 season with a comeback 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo on the first day of the Belles Invitational Friday evening at Purcell Athletic Fields.
The Raiders (1-0) were outshot 11-1 in the first half and trailed the Hornets (0-1) 1-0 at halftime, before rebounding with three second-half goals from Hailey, junior Carley Mitus and senior Caitlin Liddiard.
Hailey leveled the score just under seven minutes into the second half, sending a long free kick into the box. The ball was untouched and rolled into the goal to make it 1-1 at 51:52.
She was then at the heart of the game-winner with another deftly-taken set piece. This time, she put her free kick in place for Mitus to one-time the ball into the net from 10 yards out to make it 2-1 in the 67th minute.
Liddiard then tacked on an insurance score just inside the final five minutes of regulation. She capitalized on a deflected clearance attempt, leading to a breakaway, and she chipped the goalkeeper from 20 yards out.
After the lopsided opening frame, MSOE netted three goals on just four shots in the second half and limited Kalamazoo to just five shots.
Junior Mary McFee looked sharp in the first match of the season, facing eight shots on target and making seven saves. Her counterpart, Grace Smith, stopped one shot for the Hornets.
The Raiders return to the field Saturday, taking on host St. Mary's College at 2 p.m. The Belles defeated Manchester 4-1 earlier in the evening, making Saturday's match a de facto tournament title match.