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Vikes Fall to Raiders on Monday

Vikes Fall to Raiders on Monday

DAYTON, Ohio - The Cleveland State Vikings men's soccer team scored first but fell 2-1 to host Wright State on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Jannis Schmidt found Cleveland State's lone tally in the 19th minute thanks to Pablo Kawecki's first assist of the year. 

The setback snaps a two-game winning streak and evens the Vikings' record at 2-2-0 on the campaign.

Omeed Naeemy produced the first save for either side on a shot by Raiders leading scorer Joe Kouadio in the 11th minute.

Cleveland State capitalized on its first shot of the game when Schmidt scored, but Wright State answered back with the equalizer just two minutes later to knot the match at 1-1.

The Raiders outshot the Vikings 6-1 in the opening half, including each of the final four shots, but only two were on frame.

Wright State pulled ahead in the 48th minute on a tally by Alex Hummel, marking the first shot of the second half.

The Vikings made their first substitution of the contest in the 59th minute when freshman Michael Neumann checked in. The Green and White generated a pair of shots over the next few minutes before Neumann made an attempt on goal, forcing Raiders keeper Sebastian Jimenez to make the save.

Cleveland State applied pressure with three shots on target over the final seven minutes of play, but Jimenez was up to the task each time. Josh Davis fired the Vikings' final hope toward the top right corner of the net with 12 seconds to play, but Jimenez halted the opportunity to seal the Wright State win.

The Raiders logged more total shots, but Cleveland State owned a 6-5 edge in shots on goal. Andrew Nicholas and Kolevski paced the Vikings with two attempts apiece.

The match featured four yellow cards, including three on Wright State.

The Vikings return home for a Sunday afternoon tilt against Northern Kentucky at the Krenzler Bubble. Opening kickoff is set for 1 p.m.