PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Three members of the Lake Erie College men's soccer team were named to the All-Ohio second team by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA).
The players to receive honors on the Division II/NAIA team were junior goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy), sophomore midfielder Danny Eborall (Sheffield, England/Averett University) and freshman defender Willy Cognee (Montreal Quebec, Canada).
"We are really trying to establish a program here which is elite in the state of Ohio," said Lake Erie Head Coach Davie Carmichael. "This season was a big set towards that and we expect these type honors to keep coming in the year's ahead."
Carreira is the first-team GLIAC goalkeeper for the second straight year, become the first Lake Erie player to be a two-time first-team member. The junior finished second in the GLIAC with 79 saves this season, starting all 18 matches, after leading NCAA Division II in saves in 2010. He was in the goal for two shutouts this season and even assisted a key goal against Northwood in a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 16. Against Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 14, Carriera made his 280th career save to break the Lake Erie record.
Eborall earned second-team All-Region in his first season at Lake Erie in 2011 after transferring from Averett University. The sophomore led the Storm in goals and points, with seven and 16, respectively. His seven goals tied for fourth in the GLIAC. The Sheffield, England native started all eighteen games this season and scored the game winning goal in a win over Findlay.
Cognee helped lead a complete overhaul of the Storm defense from a season ago and was named GLIAC Freshman of the Year. Though Cognee began the season as just a 16-year old, he stepped in from day one and played in all 18 matches with 17 starts. The freshman was one of three new starters on the Lake Erie back line this season and manned the left back position. The squad allowed 27 goals in 18 matches this season (1.5 gpg.) after surrendering 49 in the same number of matches a season ago.