MILWAUKEE – Freshmen Gabby Hoffman and Nora Adkins each scored goals for the MSOE women's soccer team in its 2017 season opener, a hard-fought 4-2 loss to Hope Friday evening on the opening day of the MSOE Invitational at Viets Field.
The Raiders (0-1) fell short against the Flying Dutch in a showdown of two NCAA Tournament Teams from a year ago.
In addition to the goal-scoring rookies, MSOE also got 11 saves from senior keeper Mary McFee in the match.
Hope got on the board with goals in the 24th and 31st minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Then, shortly after, freshman Maddie Howell lofted a deep shot that clipped the underside of the cross bar. Hoffman was quick to jump on the rebound, knocking the ball into the net to halve the deficit at 2-1.
The scored would remain unchanged until the Flying Dutch was able to re-assert the two-goal advantage just over 11 minutes into the second half.
The Raiders did not back down, pulling another goal back with a combination of craftiness and strength. Senior Carly Mitus received an outlet pass near midfield, evading a defender with a spin move. She released a lovely-weighted through ball into the path of the streaking Adkins. For her part, Adkins fended off a pair of defenders to stay on the ball, escaped, and beat the keeper 1v1 to make it 3-2.
Despite the Red & White's urgency to push forward in the closing minutes, another goal would not come. The visitors did tack on an insurance goal in the final minute to clinch the result.
Hope held a 22-8 shot advantage and took five more corner kicks (6-1) in the game.
The MSOE Invitational concludes Saturday with the Raiders taking on Calvin at 3 p.m.