Hoffman's Brace Sends Women's Soccer to Title Match

Hoffman's Brace Sends Women's Soccer to Title Match

MILWAUKEE – Freshman Gabbie Hoffman scored two goals and sophomore Abbie Lorenz posted a shutout in goal to send the MSOE women's soccer team into a third-straight NACC Championship with a 3-0 victory over Benedictine Wednesday night at Viets Field.

The top-seeded Raiders (12-8) will host No. 2 Dominican Saturday in a rematch of the 2016 championship match. The Stars defeated Concordia Wisconsin 3-0 in the other semifinal earlier in the day.

Freshman Brooke Zidek added a late insurance goal and sophomore Jeray Riffel had two assists as MSOE controlled much of the match's momentum on a cold and rainy night.

Zidek set up the first goal with a bouncing diagonal ball into the box in the 37th minute. Hoffman streaked at goal and beat the keeper to the ball, touching it into the net for a much-deserved opening goal.

The lead was doubled in the 66th minute when Riffel took a shot from 23 yards out at the top of the box. The keeper was only able to block the shot and Hoffman pounced on the rebound to give the Raiders some breathing room.

Zidek then put the game out of reach in the 88th minute. Riffel sent the final of 16 MSOE corner kicks in the match to the far post where Zidek met the cross and directed it into the goal.

In addition to a strong offensive showing, the Raider defense also stepped up. The majority of Benedictine's 12 shots were from distance. Lorenz held up her end of the bargain with seven saves, including one on a breakaway late in regulation, representing the visitors' best scoring opportunity.

Viets Field will play host the NACC Championship for the third-straight season. The Raiders defeated Aurora 5-4 in overtime in 2015, then edged Dominican 1-0 last season. In addition the MSOE and DU women's soccer team clashing for a league title in Milwaukee, the men's teams will score off in River Forest, Illinois, in the NACC Men's Soccer Championship.