MILWAUKEE – The game wasn't going to be played at Viets Field. The women's soccer team was put into the same boat as the men's squad and were forced to move their game to another site due to the snowfall from last week. But with warmer temps and hard work from those involved, Viets Field once again became the site of the NACC quarterfinals between Aurora and MSOE. The hard work paid off as the Raiders defeated the Spartans to move onto the semifinal round.
#5 Aurora – 1
#4 MSOE – 2
HOW IT HAPPENED
As the final score implies, the quarterfinals match between Aurora (9-10-1, 7-4-1 NACC) and MSOE (13-5-2, 9-2-1) was a battle until the very end. Brooke Zidek scored the first goal of the game, one that was put into motion thanks to an odd bounce of the right corner of the crossbar on a shot most though was destined to sail over the goal. Zidek's unassisted tally was the lone goal of the first 45 minutes, which put the outcome of the game very much up for grabs in the second half. Jill Ruark gave the Red & White some breathing room in the second when she scored at 52:07, with the helper going to Nikki Ratts. Though the Raiders defense came to play, limiting the Spartans to just three shots (two on goal), things took an interesting turn in the final ten minutes. Aurora netted their first tally at 80:29, and the pressure was on. MSOE limited the amount of quality looks the Spartans would get in the time remaining, but also found it difficult to clear the ball out of their defensive end. When they final did manage to get the ball back to their attacking half of the field, it stayed there. The Raiders used a series of throw ins to burn time off the clock and punched their ticket to the next round in the NACC postseason.
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will have to go through #1 Dominican if they want to see the championship game. That contest will be played on Wednesday starting at 1:00 pm in River Forest, Ill.