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Storm G-MAC Title Run Ends In Semifinals

Storm G-MAC Title Run Ends In Semifinals

(Dayton, Ohio) - The No. 4 Lake Erie men's soccer team fell 2-1 to the Tiffin Dragons in a semifinal match in the G-MAC tournament on Thursday night at Roger Glass Stadium.

Entering the match Lake Erie (18-2) came in as the top seed in the tournament while Tiffin (9-4-5) came in as the fourth seed. At the start of the match, the two familiar opponents looked to convert on offense but both teams came out defensively sound. Omar Oliveros-Alvarez had a chance to give the Storm the lead, but his header from inside the box was cleared out quickly. 

The Dragons held a 6-3 shot advantage heading into the halftime break locked at 0-0.

Freshman Caleb Gibbons gave Tiffin the lead in the 62nd minute of the match after a corner was taken and both teams began to scramble for the ball, Gibbons capitalized on the opportunity and put the ball in the net. 

A play much like the score by the Dragons, in the 73rd minute, recently named G-MAC Offensive Player of the year Jonathon Carr scored his 14th goal of the season. Ameer Saade attempted to set his teammates up on a corner but the ball was headed around by multiple defenders until it found the foot of Carr. 

At the end of regulation, both teams looked nearly identical as each team shot five goals apiece. The score remained 1-1 after the first overtime. 

It took five minutes into the second overtime for the golden goal to come. Tiffin forward Leo Hasenstab scored a goal that went between two players and found the back of the net. 

Tom John, finished the match with one save on three-shot on goal attempts. This is the first time this season that John has conceded more than one goal in a match. Despite the limited touches caused by the Tiffin defense, Carr led the Storm with three shot attempts.

Lake Erie is currently ranked first in the most recent regional poll, the Storm will now await the bracket for the NCAA regional tournament and the selection of their opening round opponent. The G-MAC currently has five teams in Super Region 3 rankings. NCAA Selection will be on Monday at 7 p.m.