PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College men's soccer team will start the 2016 GLIAC schedule with a pair of games this weekend at home. The Storm will host the Tiffin University Dragons on Friday (Sept. 9) and the University of Findlay Oilers on Sunday (Sept. 11).
Coach Brenner's Take: "After a successful opening weekend, we have refocused the team and strategically planned for what will be two very tough opening GLIAC games. Tiffin and Findlay are two well coached teams, given their success over the years. The players are excited to play in front of our great home supporters, however we know there is no easy game in the GLIAC. The guys are ready to compete mentally and physically for 90+ minutes."
Storm Report: The Storm will begin conference play with a 2-0-0 record after posting shutouts in the home opener versus Roberts Wesleyan and on the road against Slippery Rock. In the 1-0 win over Slippery Rock, Andrew Bucur (Bedford, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) scored the only goal on a penalty kick.
Player of the Week: Storm defender Kenneth Kolke (Stow, Ohio/Munroe Falls) was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season. Kolke scored a goal and assisted in the Storm's two shutouts. Bucur was named the Honorable Mention list for his one goal, two assist weekend.
NSCAA Rankings: The Storm jumped into the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) rankings for the Division 2-Midwest region this week. After a 2-0 week, the Storm is ranked #8. Tiffin University comes in at #5.
Series History: Since 2009, the Storm has faced off with the Dragons and the Oilers twelve times. The Storm has a 3-9 record against the Dragons and a 7-5 record with the Oilers. Last season, Lake Erie swept both meetings with Tiffin and dropped both matches with Findlay.
Opposition Position: Tiffin enters GLIAC play with a 2-0-0 record after two wins against Concord and Salem International. Findlay enters the week with a 1-1-0 record. They defeated Salem International but fell to Concord. The Oilers will face Walsh on Thursday (Sept. 9).
Storm Forecast: The Storm will continue GLIAC play as they travel to Ashland on Sept. 14 to face the Eagles.