MILWAUKEE – Senior Missy Schultz scored the game's lone goal in the 97th minute to send the MSOE women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Knox Sunday afternoon at Viets Field.
The Raiders (2-3) prevailed in a showdown of two league champions and NCAA Tournament teams. The Prairie Fire (1-3) went 19-1-1 last season and returned all 11 starters.
Schultz ended the match off a mis-cleared corner kick, blasting through the loose ball from about eight yards out at 96:24. Freshman Gabby Hoffman had sent a corner kick just past the near post. The Knox defense was able to get to the ball first, but the attempted clear did not go far and Schultz capitalized.
It was a similar scenario in which MSOE had had the game's best scoring chance up until that point. It was another corner kick from the same corner on the same end of the field. This time, it was sophomore Jeray Riffel's corner which found senior Aly Loepfe just inside the far post. Loepfe's header was directed down and KC keeper Katy Conseglia was able to make a reflex save and push the shot up over the bar.
The Raiders had struggled to gain any offensive traction early in the game, but eased into the match in the minutes leading towards halftime. They then came out in the second half and was able to seize the game's momentum, even if that did not come with a goal until overtime.
It was a tight game throughout, with the visitors holding a slight 11-10 shot advantage. Both teams put four shots on frame, with sophomore Allison Lessila and senior Mary McFee combining on the team's first shutout of the season. Lessila made her second-straight start and stopped one shot in the first half. McFee came on at halftime and finished with three saves to keep Knox off the board the rest of the way.
This was the second-straight game against Midwest Conference foes for MSOE, a streak that continues Wednesday when the team heads to DePere, Wisconsin to take on St. Norbert.