(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) - There has been high energy around the No. 13 Lake Erie men's soccer team, that energy showed onto the pitch in Wednesday night's 4-1 victory against Findlay.
Early in the 3rd minute of the match, Lake Erie was able to get on a break lead by freshman forward Tom Akinola who assisted Jonathan Carr for a goal placed in the right corner of the net. In the 10th minute of the match, senior Javier Borreguero took a pass from Ayden Von Essen to give the Storm an early 2-0 lead.
Von Essen found himself on the scoring end later in the first half by blasting a goal past Findlay goalkeeper Andrew Boulton in the 20th minute. The goal by Von Essen puts him in a tie with Carr and Akinola as the team leaders in goals.
"We came out today trying to get going right from the beginning, we wanted to press them and see if we can get them in transition. I think we knew that they were gonna send players forward and I think we were able to get through some really great goals in the first half in that transition phase where we were able to get behind them pretty quickly and easily," said head coach Louie Rolko.
The Storm controlled possession the rest of the first half although being outshot by Findlay 7-4 in the half.
In the second half of play with less than 15 minutes left Ameer Saade played a pass from the left corner into the box to for Sander Van Der Sluijs who was able to put the ball in the right corner of the goal. The connection between Saade and Van Der Sluijs is their third assist to goal score of the season.
With a 4-0 lead, the Storm continued to dominate and controlled the ball much of the second half. In the 80th minute, a foul committed by the Storm setup Findlay forward Alex Kerstetter for a free-kick. Kerstetter seized the opportunity and placed an untouched ball past Storm goalkeeper Tom John, scoring Findlay's lone goal.
Tom John finished the game with two saves on three shots on goal. Findlay midfielder Josh Dickinson led all players with 6 shots.
"Sunday is going to be a good one, but for now we will enjoy this. We put up four goals against a team that I think that is really strong and competitive," added Rolko.
The No. 13 Storm will head into a weekend matchup against ranked conference opponent No. 21 Tiffin Dragons. Lake Erie and Tiffin are currently ranked first and second in the G-MAC. Sunday's match will kick off at 1 p.m at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.