MILWAUKEE – A deflected shot in the 90th minute snuck into the goal and gave Carthage a 3-2 victory over the MSOE women's soccer team in a steady rain Wednesday night at Viets Field.
The Raiders (1-2) received goals from sophomores Brooke Zidek and Gabbie Hoffman in the match but were left disappointed by the Lady Reds' (2-1) late winner.
The match seemed destined for extra time when Morgan Verbeten took a shot from the middle of the penalty area. It deflected off a defender and trickled in just inside the far post for the decisive score with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation.
Sophomore Gracie Horton did get an attempt on frame in the closing seconds but the Carthage keeper was unfazed in making the save.
MSOE got on the board first in the match on Zidek's first score of the season in the 33rd minute. Senior Jeray Riffel lofted a tantalizing cross just in front of the goal and Zidek ran onto the pass and re-directed the ball into the goal just inside the six-yard box.
The Lady Reds then responded just one minute later and a blocked shot attempt fell to the feet of Joanne Stafna. The visitors then took the lead in the 39th minute on a near-post header from a corner kick.
Hoffman's goal gave the Raiders new life in the 79th minute. Zidek closed down a defender that corralled a long ball into the corner. She dispossessed the player and slotted a ball into the penalty area. Hoffman crashed the goal and tucked the ball into the net at the near post to make it 2-2.
Shots went 13-7 in favor of Carthage while the Lady Reds also held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Raiders return to action this weekend at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational Saturday and Sunday. They open with St. Norbert before taking on the host Titans on day two.