Lake Erie College dealt with windy and rainy conditions on a stormy night in North Canton, Ohio and earned its first victory of the season, 3-2, over NAIA Walsh University. Junior forward Marco Gaudio (Cambridge, England/Impington Village College) scored two goals in the victory.
The Storm improved to 1-8 overall on the season while the Cavaliers fell to 5-4 overall.
Walsh wasted no time getting on the board as Ben Truax scored just 1:24 into the contest. Lake Erie bided its time and tied the game in the 25th minute as freshman Nathan Bias (Dayton, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) scored off a pass from senior defender David Traffis (Parma, Ohio/Parma Senior). Gaudio got his first goal less than four minutes later via an assist from senior midfielder Alex Royko (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) and the Storm took a 2-1 advantage to the break.
The Cardinals tied the game again in the 60th minute when Truax scored his second goal of the game but Gaudio was not to be outdone as his unassisted goal in the 73rd minute was the game winner.
Walsh won the battle of shots, 14-6, and corner kicks, 15-3, but Lake Erie made the most of its opportunities.
In goal for Lake Erie, sophomore Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) made 12 saves.
Lake Erie is in action next when it returns home from a six-game road swing on Friday, Oct. 1 when it hosts Saginaw Valley State. First touch is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.