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Women's Soccer Powers Past Marian 4-1

Women's Soccer Powers Past Marian 4-1

FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin – Four different players scored second-half goals to lead the MSOE women's soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Marian Wednesday evening at Smith Field.

The Raiders (6-7, 3-2 NACC) fell behind in just the fifth minute and trailed the Sabres (5-7, 2-3 NACC) 1-0 at halftime before storming back in the second half.

Sophomore Gabby Hoffman netted the equalizer just 2:13 after halftime. Freshman Jill Ruark scored the eventual winner and MSOE received insurance goals from freshman Veronica Mangio and junior Jeray Riffel.

It was a tale of the two halves for the Raiders as they outshot Marian 18-4 in pursuit of the win. Mangio set up Hoffman's first goal, playing her through into the box. Hoffman then beat the keeper from 10 yards.

Ruark followed with the go-ahead goal in the 56th minute, powering a shot off the keeper's hands and into the net.

Hoffman returned the favor to Mangio, setting up the third goal in the 64th minute. Hoffman played a chip into the box that Mangio deposited in the corner. Riffel then capped the scoring with an unassisted blast from 10 yards out in the 76th minute.

MSOE finished with a 27-11 shot advantage, putting 16 attempts on target in the match. They also forced twice the number of corner kicks as the opposition, 6-3.

Junior Allison Lessila made four saves in goal in the second half to pick up the win. Junior Abbie Lorenz had the start and stopped three shots in the first half.

The Raiders have won back-to-back matches and return to the field Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran.