Lake Erie College Women's Soccer Report - Sept. 24
This weekend's game:
Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Ohio Valley University (1 p.m.) Storm Report (2-4-2) The women's soccer team snagged a 2-2 tie on Saturday (Sept. 19) to Shepherd University before dropping its fourth match of the season to Wheeling Jesuit University, 2-0, on Tuesday (Sept. 22). The Storm and Rams alternated goals in Saturday's draw. Twice Lake Erie took a one-goal lead, but each time, the Rams' Brianna Hines connected for goals to tie the game. In the eighth minute, it was freshman Kaitlyn Holland's (Pickerington, Ohio/North) goal off a feed from freshman Valerie Urbanik (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) to give the Storm its first lead. Hines scored in the 15th minute to tie the game. Freshman Jaimie Nelson (Las Vegas, Nev./Las Vegas) - normally a goalkeeper, but making her first appearance out of net - headed in her first collegiate goal in the 18th minute off a Lacey Eisenberg (Kirtland, Ohio/Kirtland) corner kick. Hines tied the game in the second half, though, for the Rams. The teams could not settle the score in two overtime periods and the Storm had its second tie in three games.
Lake Erie was unable match Saturday's firepower in its 2-0 loss to Wheeling Jesuit on Tuesday. The Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute as Hannah Walker found Rachael Mills for a bicycle kick finish from seven yards out to beat Storm keeper Chelsea Giesen (Grants Pass, Ore./North Valley). Kara Houston's goal in the 49th minute put the game away for the Cardinals, who out-shot the Storm, 20-10. Lake Erie put five shots on goal in the game, but Jessica Park came away with the clean sheet. Giesen stopped six shots in net for the Storm.
The Ohio Valley University Fighting Scots come into Saturday's matchup with a 1-8 record. The Scots dropped their first eight matches of the season before topping Salem International, 8-0, in their last time out on Tuesday. Prior to that game, Ohio Valley had scored just two times while surrendering 51 goals in its eight losses.
· The Storm has already matched last season's win total (two) and is looking to have the most wins for the program since 2007 when it won six times.
· Holland's three goals are tops on the team, while Urbanik has three helpers to pace the Storm in that category.
· Giesen is carrying 1.35 goals against average and has made 27 saves this season.
· Saturday's home match against Ohio Valley will mark the end of Lake Erie's six-match homestand that began on Sept. 9. The Storm will head to Waynesburg and East Stroudsburg next before starting a three-game home set Oct. 5-14.