RIVER FOREST, Illinois – Senior Sara Travia was one of three goal-scorers and tied the school record for career points as the MSOE women's soccer team enjoyed an historic victory, 3-1, over Concordia Chicago Wednesday afternoon at Concordia Stadium.
With the win, the Raiders (15-3-1, 10-0 NACC) clinched a perfect league mark, extending their NACC winning streak to 20 games (including tournament) and tying the 2015 season for the most wins in a season in school history.
For Travia, her 43rd-minute goal was the 69th of her career and put her on 167 points, tying Jessica Axt's school record. She will have at least one more game remaining to surpass Axt, as MSOE plays next in the NACC Semifinals Nov. 1.
The teams were at a stalemate until Travia opened the scoring just before halftime. The Cougar defense struggled to deal with a loose ball in the penalty area. Travia deflected a clearance attempt and convert for the goal.
After halftime, it looked like the Raiders would be able to play out a 1-0 win until the rainy conditions played a role in a crazy series of events that led to three goals in 51 seconds.
Junior Melina Lynn got things started, doubling her side's lead at 79:42. She took a pass from senior Aly Loepfe and chipped the keeper from 15 yards out. CUC responded just 15 seconds later, with Alisha Johnson blasting a shot on goal from 30 yards out and the ball slipping past the keeper to make it 2-1.
Before Concordia Chicago could build any momentum, senior Caitlin Liddiard quickly re-established the two goal advantage off an assist from junior Carly Mitus at 80:33.
MSOE outshot CUC 12-9 in the match, including 8-5 in shots on goal. Junior Mary McFee played just over 83 minutes in goal and stopped four shots for the victory.