MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's soccer team scored two goals in the first 15-plus minutes of the second half to pull within 3-2, but it was not enough as No. 19-ranked UW-La Crosse held on for a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Viets Field.
The Raiders (10-8) saw their eight-game winning streak snapped while the Eagles (15-1-2) pushed their streak to 10-straight wins.
MSOE faced a 3-0 deficit at halftime, but went right at La Crosse in the second half, outshooting the visitors 13-5 in the half and getting goals from sophomore Jeray Riffel and freshman Brooke Zidek.
Riffel got her side on the board in the 53rd minute after a ball was played into the box. No Red & White player was able to get on the end of a loose ball, but freshman Gracie Horton deflected the clearance attempt to the top of the box. Riffel ran onto the ball and blasted it into the net to make it 3-1.
Just under eight minutes later, Zidek was pressuring the Eagle defense with regularity. The hard work paid off, as she got on the end of a short UWL goal kick and dribbled in on goal, finishing from 12 yards to make it 3-2.
Unfortunately, that was as close as the Raiders would get as La Crosse tacked on an insurance goal in the 87th minute.
In the first half, MSOE was not dominated in possession but was unable to get forward to generate scoring chances. Meanwhile, the Eagles struck for the game's opening goal in the 18th minute off a corner kick and then converted a free kick to make it 2-0 in the 34th minute.
The eventual game-winner came as the clock struck 40 minutes, making it 3-0 at intermission.
Sophomore Abbie Lorenz made the start in goal and had five saves in the first half, including a pair of kick saves on tight shots. Senior Mary McFee played the second half and stopped two shots while the Raider defense added a clearance off the line in the late stages.
Shots ended 17-14 in favor of UWL, with the visitors also taking six of the seven corners in the game.
The Raiders return to the field Wednesday at Lakeland, needing a win to claim a second-straight NACC regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the NACC Tournament. The team already has claimed a top-two seed and the bye into the NACC semifinals that comes with it.