MIDLAND, Mich. – The Lake Erie College men's soccer team was victorious today over Saginaw Valley St. in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) semis, 3-2 in penalty kicks. This marks the first time in school history that the men's soccer team has advanced to the conference finals.
The first half was a scoreless battle in which both teams had numerous opportunities to score. Both teams tallied nine shots in the half, and the Cardinals took the only corner kick of the first half.
Saginaw Valley St. opened the scoring in the second half when Troy Watson found the back of the net off of an assist by Aleksandar Isaevski, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 advantage. Lake Erie tied the game at a goal apiece when Joseph Coombs (Knutsford, England / Holmes Chapel Sixth Form) scored off of a free kick. Regulation ended in a 1-1 draw which sent the game to overtime.
Overtime was a scoreless battle, the Storm had a couple of chances in overtime but were unsuccessful in in finding the net, and the game went to penalty kicks.
The Cardinals took the first penalty kick and Hugo Fauroux (Cannes, France / Lycee Bristol) came up with a big save. Coombs scored the first penalty kick for the Storm and gave them an early edge. Saginaw Valley St. made their second penalty kick and saved the Lake Erie attempted to keep the game tied at a one penalty kick apiece. The Cardinals made their third PK before Stuart Campbell (Glassgow, Scotland / Glassgow Academy) tied the game when he scored his penalty kick. Saginaw Valley St. missed high on their fourth attempt. Nolyn Do Nascimento (Ajax, Ontario / Pickering) made the fourth penalty kick for the Storm to give them a 3-2 edge. The Storm won the game when Sagniaw missed their final PK of the match.
In net for the Storm was Fauroux he faced 18 shots, nine of which were on goal, made eight saves, and allowed one goal.
Lake Erie will be back in action Sunday (November 8th) when they take on the winner of Northwood and Tiffin. The Championship game will be played at 1 P.M.