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Men’s Soccer Offense Busts Out in First Win

Men’s Soccer Offense Busts Out in First Win

APPLETON, Wisconsin – Four different players scored goals to lead the MSOE men's soccer team to a 4-0 win over Lawrence Wednesday night at the Banta Bowl.

The Raiders (1-2) outshot the Vikings (0-3) 26-7 in the match on their way to their first win of the season.

Junior Drew Baumann, sophomore Sam Gianakos, and freshmen Rade Novakovich and Connor Kapczynski each scored for MSOE, with Gianakos adding an assist.

Gianakos got the scoring started in the 26th minute when sophomore Lucas D'Amato deflected a Lawrence pass through the defense. Gianakos was able to run onto the ball for a 1v1 and tuck the ball away for the eventual game-winner.

Baumann then doubled MSOE's advantage just under three minutes later, finishing a loose ball after a corner kick.

In the second half, Gianakos laid off a ball to Novakovich on the edge of the penalty area. Novakovich then blasted a shot to the far post for a 3-0 lead in the 59th minute.

Kapczynski picked up his first collegiate goal in the 65th minute to cap the scoring. He was able to fend off his defender and run onto a long free kick by freshman keeper Ron Marchionna. His first touch gave him room to run and his second went far post for the score.

Marchionna made three saves and finished with that assist in his first collegiate start in goal. It was the first goalkeeper assist on record for the Raiders (since 2003). He played the first 81-plus minutes before making way to junior Patrick Grund, who completed the shutout.

In addition to the sizable shot advantage, MSOE also had a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Raiders stay within the Midwest Conference for their next contest, playing at Ripon Saturday.