Riffel Nets Two in 4-1 Win over BenU

Riffel Nets Two in 4-1 Win over BenU

MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Jeray Riffel scored two goals to lead the MSOE women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Benedictine Sunday afternoon at Viets Field.

The Raiders (8-7, 6-1 NACC) posted their sixth-straight win by outshooting the Eagles (4-10-1, 4-2-1 NACC) 28-6 on the afternoon and putting 18 shots on target.

Freshmen Brooke Zidek and Gracie Horton added a pair of insurance goals just 37 seconds apart late in regulation and Benedictine converted a penalty kick just 60 seconds after that to deny MSOE its fourth-straight clean sheet.

Riffel tallied the lone goal of the first half in the 22nd minute as MSOE seized the upper hand in the match. Zidek picked up the first of her two assists in the match after a run down the far side. She sent a centering cross into the box and Riffel beat her mark to the ball and finished with a glancing volley to the far post.

Then, despite conceding a goal late, it was all Raiders in the second half. They forged a 17-2 shot advantage in the half and struck for three goals between the 60th and 70th minutes.

In the 61st minute, Riffel bagged her second after running down a ball on the far side. She beat a defender into the box, picked her spot, and blasted a shot to the far post for the eventual game-winner.

The lead became 3-0 at 68:49 when senior Aly Loepfe won an uncontested header on a goal kick. She directed the ball down the middle of the field and past the BenU defense. Zidek raced onto the ball, tracked it, and beat the keeper with one touch from 12 yards out.

Just seconds later, the Raiders were back on the attack in the visitor's penalty area. Loepfe and Zidek and back-to-back shots blocked around the six-yard box. Horton then followed the Zidek rebound with a goal to make it 4-0.

The Eagles were then awarded a penalty kick shortly thereafter, converting the spot kick to pull within 4-1. That was as close as they could get.

Sophomore Abbie Lorenz made her third-straight start in goal and stopped three shots in 68-plus scoreless minutes. Senior Mary McFee played the final 21:38 in goal.

The Raiders return to the field Wednesday at Concordia Wisconsin. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.