Women’s Soccer Holds Off CUW, 3-2

Women’s Soccer Holds Off CUW, 3-2

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's soccer team scored three unanswered goals and held on late to defeat Concordia Wisconsin 3-2 for its sixth-straight win Wednesday night at Viets Field.

The Raiders (10-7, 7-2 NACC) and Falcons (8-9, 6-3 NACC) were tied 1-1 at halftime before the hosts pulled away with back-to-back scores. CUW pulled a goal back but was unable to claim an equalizer of its own.

Freshman Jill Ruark continued her hot streak in front of the goal, tallying a pair of goals on the night to push her team-leading total to 10 on the season. Meanwhile, junior Jeray Riffel fired home the third goal, which held up as the game-winner.

In a game of streaking momentum, MSOE seized control of the game coming out of halftime. The pressure paid off, as Ruark notched the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute. Senior Shelby Namen had the assist as she drove forward from her center back position. She picked out Ruark with a tantalizing through ball and, after spinning off her defender, Ruark finished with a one-touch shot to the far post.

The Raiders added an insurance goal shortly thereafter as Riffel converted a clinical finish while cutting in off the far side. Freshman Veronica Mangio played her into space with a lovely-weight diagonal ball. Riffel ran on to the pass and was loaded up her shot, low and to the far post in the 58th minute.

The Falcons made put some doubt in the final score with a second goal in the 72nd minute but the Red & White defense stood resolute and protected the one-goal lead.

CUW had opened the scoring in the 25th minute but the lead would be short-lived. MSOE started to press for the equalizer and found what it was looking for just under five minutes later. A Falcon defender intercepted a long through-ball attempt by the Red & White but her touch was too loose. Ruark snatched up the loose ball and was instantly through on a breakaway. She then beat the keeper from just inside the box to pull her side level.

MSOE conceded a 16-12 shot advantage in the game and 5-2 edge in corners. Junior keepers Abbie Lorenz and Allison Lessila made four saves each in splitting the game.

The Raiders return to the field Saturday, hosting Aurora at 1 p.m.