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Weekend of Firsts Continues as Women’s Soccer Defeats Ohio Dominican.

Weekend of Firsts Continues as Women’s Soccer Defeats Ohio Dominican.

Lake Erie College (3-12-1, 1-11 GLIAC) stayed with GLIAC contender Ohio Dominican University (9-4-3, 5-4-3 GLIAC) throughout the game and made the most of its chances, resulting in a 2-1 win at Jack Britt Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. The win is women's soccer's first as a member of the GLIAC conference. 

With the game tied at 1-1 in the 86th minute, sophomore forward Kaitlyn "Skeeter" Holland's (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) shot from 35 yards out fell just over the outstretched hand of ODU goalkeeper Aimee Simone and into the top of the net.  Earlier in the half, Holland picked up the game tying assist as a beautiful cross found the foot of freshman Misty Porter (Reno, Nev./North Valleys)

Lake Erie was led by a strong performance by freshman goalkeeper Megan Baldacci (Cavecreek, Ariz./Cactus Shadows).  Baldacci made 17 saves in the game, some spectacular second half saves to allow Lake Erie the chance to make its late rally. For the game, the Panthers won the battle of shots, 34-7, and corner kicks, 10-1 but the Storm made the most of their chances.

The teams came out evenly in the first 20 minutes of the game, but as the first half progressed, the Panthers began to control the pace.  Ohio Dominican began to barrage Lake Erie with shots and it resulted in a goal by Jennifer Holton from Christen Adams in the 4nd minute to give Ohio Dominican the 1-0 edge at half. 

The Panthers again controlled the pace in the second half and Lake Erie was forced to look to counter attack.  Those counters would pay off in the 67th minute when Porter took that pass from Holland and Porter, Simone and a ODU defender all collided.  The ball squirted free and Porter was first up and found the empty net.

ODU's final great chance came in the 87th minute as a close range attempt by ODU's Sierra Patterson appeared headed for the goal before striking the right goalpost and spinning back to within Baldacci's reach. 

The Storm are in action next on Friday when they face GLIAC foe Findlay at Slattery Field in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.