MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's soccer team had the honor of being the first squad to open up on home turf during the 2019-20 season. Things didn't go badly in their match against Kalamazoo, but at the same time they didn't go according to plan either. The two teams tied in their season openers by the score of 0-0 in double overtime.
Kalamazoo – 0
MSOE – 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
Defense seemed to rule the game here this afternoon. There was a total of 31 shots throughout the 110 minutes played, but none of them really ever got close to being a tally on the scoreboard. Two MSOE breakaways in the second half that would have changed the entire complexion of the game were called off due to offsides, as was one for the Hornets that found its way to the back of the net before getting ruled as a non-goal.
The first overtime featured back and forth play, each team waiting for the other to make a mistake. Kalamazoo turned up the pressure in the second extra frame however, coming close to scoring on numerous different chances due to their pressure in and around the MSOE box. Neither team found the scoreboard though, ending the opening contest of the season with the same score that we started with.
This was the Raider's first game to end in a 0-0 double overtime tie since they achieved the same feat all the way back on October 3, 2010 against Aurora.
MSOE STAT TRACKER
Allison Lessila started the second half and saw the match all the way through to the finish, tallying impressive results. During her 65 minutes of play, she allowed no goals while stopping nine shots.
WHO'S ON DECK
The team will be right back at it tomorrow afternoon, playing another 3:30 pm game at Viets Field. This time it will be University of Chicago to offer up the challenge to Rolf Zersen and his crew.