Lake Erie College Men's Soccer Report - Oct. 6
This week's games:
Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Ashland (4 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 10 at Malone (2 p.m.)
Storm Report (4-6-1)
The men's soccer team continues to improve as it has lost just one time in the last six games, including four wins in that span. The Storm went 2-1 this week, losing a home match to Walsh on Tuesday (Sept. 29) before winning twice in Michigan this weekend against future GLIAC foes Northwood and Saginaw Valley State.
Lake Erie dropped last week's opening match to Walsh, 1-0, on Tuesday (Sept. 29). Ben Truax's goal in the 66th minute provided the difference for the Cavaliers, who out-shot the Storm, 9-8, in the game. Lake Erie keepers Jared Daly (Hubbard, Ohio/Ursuline) and Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) stopped two shots apiece in the game.
The Storm then traveled to Michigan for the weekend to battle future GLIAC foes Northwood and Saginaw Valley. The Storm topped Northwood in a 4-3 back-and-forth shootout on Friday (Oct. 2). The Storm got on the board first as Everton Blake (Clardenon, Jamaica/Cladenon/Lakeland CC) scored in the 21st minute. The Timberwolves bounced back to tie the game at the 28:44 mark and just 17 seconds later, took a 2-1 lead on Keith Lough's goal at 29:01. Junior striker Scott Stucky (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) scored 53 seconds later for the Storm to tie the game at 2-2 off a Blake assist. The game calmed down a bit, remaining 2-2 going into halftime. But just 29 seconds after the intermission, Stucky struck again to give the Storm the 3-2 lead. Lough tied the game in the 59th minute for the ‘Wolves, but Blake connected for the fifth time this season in the 65th minute to give the Storm the game-winner. The goal was assisted by Jacob Magdich (Oregon, Ohio/Clay). Carreira stopped 13 shots in the game as Northwood out-shot Lake Erie, 26-17, in the game.
On Sunday, the Storm knocked off last season's GLIAC tournament runner-up Saginaw Valley State, 2-0, despite being out-shot, 22-8. Once again, it was Stucky providing the fireworks, scoring his seventh and eighth goals of the season to support Daly, who notched the Storm's first clean sheet of the season with nine saves. Stucky's first goal came in the 17th minute off an assist from junior Alex Royko (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South). Stucky capped the game and sealed the win the 87th minute with a goal off an assist by junior Anthony Belviso (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid).
The Storm plays host to its third straight GLIAC opponent, Ashland University, on Thursday (Oct. 8). The Eagles enter the game with a 5-2-4 record and a GLIAC-leading 3-0-1 mark in the conference. Ashland is coming off a 3-0 win at Findlay on Sunday two days after tying Tiffin, 0-0. Ashland keeper Blaise Lishewski leads the conference with a 0.40 goals against average, a number that ranks him in the top 10 in the country. He has not allowed a goal in his last 324:21 minutes. The Eagles have surrendered just seven goals all season and have posted six shutouts. They have not allowed a goal since a 2-1 win over Northwood on Sept. 25. Ross Ashley leads the Eagles with four goals and James Livingston is third in the GLIAC with four assists.
On Saturday (Oct. 10) the Storm travels to Canton to battle the Malone University Pioneers, who enter the week with a 4-5-1 record. The Pioneers have won two straight games to move to 2-1 in the Mideast American Conference. Adam Sharpneck leads the team with four goals, while Samuel Erchick is the Pioneers' leader with three assists. Warden Neuenschwander has made all 10 starts in net for Malone and has a 2.31 goals against average.
· Stucky leads the team with eight goals, while Rob Searles' (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) three assists are tops for the Storm. Also, Stucky has the game-winning goal in three of the Storm's four victories this season.
· Carreira has 35 saves this season, while Daly has compiled 24. Daly's 1.40 goals against average is tops on the team.
· Fourteen of the 22 goals allowed by Lake Erie have come in the second half.