Lake Erie men's soccer (0-2) could not find the back of the net in its home debut as it fell to Urbana University (1-0), 2-0, in Painesville, Ohio. The game marked the first soccer match played on the ProGrass Mondoturf surface at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.
Both teams had scoring chances in the first 45 minutes but neither was able to crack through on the scoreboard. While Urbana controlled the time of possession in the half, the Storm backline, led by senior Justin Mihaly (Lowellville, Ohio/Ursuline), limited the quality of the Blue Knights' chances.
Urbana struck just 53 seconds into the second half as Stuart Brown split the middle of the Lake Erie defense and found Henrique Guitti who capitalized from ten yards out. Playing in a swirling wind, Lake Erie struggled to create opportunities as the Blue Knights controlled the pace of play. Those Urbana chances eventually led to an insurance goal in the 81st minute as Rowan Taylor found the net from 15 yards out, unassisted.
In goal for Lake Erie, sophomore Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) made seven saves.
Urbana held a 20-9 advantage in shots and won the battle of corner kicks, 7-4.
The Storm are in action next on Wednesday, Sept. 8 when they host Ashland University at 4:30 p.m. in the second half of a men's and women's doubleheader.