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Men’s Soccer Can’t Rebound in Opening Loss

Men’s Soccer Can’t Rebound in Opening Loss

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's soccer team conceded a pair of goals in the first eight minutes and was unable to respond in dropping a 2-1 decision to St. Norbert Friday night at Viets Field.

The Raiders (0-1) controlled possession for large portions of the game but was unable to crack the defense of the Midwest Conference favorite Green Knights (1-0).

Freshman Konrad Knap scored MSOE's first goal of the season with a lofting free kick from 45 yards out with just 1.9 seconds remaining in the game.

SNC capitalized early on a pair of set pieces to jump out to an early lead. In the third minute, a deep free kick from the far side was turned in off the head of Drake Vandermause to make it 1-0. Then, a foul on a corner kick, gave the visitors a penalty kick in the eighth minute, which Ben Prange converted.

Outside of the two opportunities, the Red & White defense acclimated well, limiting dangerous opportunities over the remainder of the match.

Shots finished 10 each in the game with each team putting four on frame. Freshman Rade Novakovich had a pair of driven shots on target that stung the palms of the St. Norbert keeper but each were none-the-less turned away.

Junior Patrick Grund made his first collegiate start in goal and made two saves on the night.

The Raiders return to action Saturday, hosting Pacific Lutheran at Viets Field.