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Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Dominican, 3-2

Men’s Soccer Knocks Off Dominican, 3-2

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's soccer team scored three times in the first half and used a gritty defensive effort after the break to defeat Dominican 3-2 Wednesday evening at Viets Field.

The Raiders (7-2, 3-0 NACC) won their seventh-straight game and handed the Stars (5-3, 2-1 NACC) their first NACC loss of the season. It was the first regular season win by MSOE over DU in program history.

Junior Zach Hanson and sophomores Joey Schauer and Carson Albert scored goals for the Red & White, which jumped out to a 3-1 lead at halftime.

The visitors would pull a goal back in the second half but freshman Ron Marchionna and the defense held off any Dominican advances.

The Raiders came out aggressively and dominated possession early. They were first to each ball and dictated the momentum of the opening frame. Hanson broke through for the game's first goal in the 20th minute with a glancing header off sophomore Konrad Knap's deep free kick into the box.

Schauer doubled the advantage from the penalty spot just over five minutes later as MSOE did not relent. Senior Stephen Bagin was taken down as he attempted a run into the box and Schauer calmly stepped up and buried the spot kick.

The Stars would pull back goal rather quickly, capitalizing on a long throw into the box. After a flick on, Mateusz Pasula was there to pull DU within a goal.

Albert re-asserted the two-goal advantage in the 39th minute after a tremendous individual effort by freshman Rade Novakovich. Novakovich fought off his defender on an extended run to the end line before laying off a back diagonal pass to the center of the penalty area. Albert ran on to the pass and blasted the ball into the back of the net for the eventual game-winner.

Dominican made some adjustments at halftime and was able to get MSOE on its back heel. Nicolo Vitale was able to get his team within a goal in the 70th minute.

The Raider defense then buckled in and did not bend over the final 20 minutes. A fortuitous team save off the line on a looping, deflected shot in the 72nd minute was helpful and Marchionna was quick off his line to snuff out several advances towards the penalty area.

Marchionna finished with one save in the match to improve his record to 6-0 in goal this season.

Shots finished 12-8 to MSOE after an 8-3 advantage in the thrilling opening half. Corner kicks tilted 5-4 towards the visitors by the end as the Red & White pressure eased off after halftime.

The Raiders take their winning streak into action Saturday when they host Rockford at Viets Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.