KENOSHA, Wisconsin - The MSOE women's soccer team scored twice in the second half but it was not enough as Carthage scored three times in the opening 20 minutes and held on for a 3-2 victory Tuesday evening at Art Keller Field.
The Raiders (0-3) put together a dominating performance in the second half, outshooting the Lady Reds (2-1) 13-6 with six shots on target after halftime.
Carthage got off to a fast start with goals in the ninth, 12th, and 20th minutes of the match to take a 3-0 lead. MSOE would limit the damage and get to halftime behind by just the three goals.
The Red & White made some adjustments at the break and went right at the home side. Senior Carley Mitus got the Raiders on the board with her first goal of the season in the 49th minute off an assist from freshman Brooke Zidek.
MSOE put three more shots on target in pushing for the equalizer that, unfortunately, never came. Meanwhile, the defense came up big with sophomore keeper Allison Lessila coming up with three saves in a four-minute span right after the goal to keep her team within striking distance.
Thanks to the second half push, the Red & White finished with a 20-11 shot advantage. The visitors also held a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
Lessila finished with those three saves in 25:24 of action after starting the second half in goal. Sophomore Abbie Lorenz played just under the final 20 minutes, adding a late save. Senior Mary McFee made the start in goal and finished with one save.
Morgan Harris made eight saves for Carthage in the match.
The Raiders are still in search of their first win of this season, a quest that pits them against Lake Forest Friday on the road.