Men's Soccer Preview: Storm Look to Make a Leap in 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Lake Erie College men's soccer is going to be making a jump in
competition as it enters its first campaign as a member of the
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
However, the team may be poised to make an even bigger jump from a
competitive standpoint as it looks to improve on its 7-11-2 record
from a season ago.
"The program is in good position," said third-year head coach
Jim Buchan. "We're comfortable about the way we want to play
and are really looking forward to the season."
The Storm has 10 returners, including five starters, from a
season ago, led by their top offensive force, senior forward Scott
Stuckey (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake). Stuckey, an All-Ohio
selection in 2009, led the squad with 13 goals and tied for the
team-high with four assists. His 23 career goals are fourth
on Lake Erie's all-time list, just 11 shy of the top spot.
"Scott's a natural-born goal scorer," explained Buchan.
"If he's anywhere near the 18-foot box there's always the potential
for him to hit target."
This season, Stuckey won't be expected to go it alone at the
head of the Storm's set. Junior forward Marco Gaudio
(Cambridge, England/Impington Village College) transfers to
Painesville from the College of Southern Maryland. Last
season, Gaudio was a junior college All-American honorable mention
selection after leading the country in scoring with 41
"With Marco up front, it takes some of the pressure off of Scott
and the pair should make for a nice double-threat," said
Gaudio is one of three standout newcomers along with junior
midfielder Gary Carr
(Dublin, Ireland/Irish Coláiste Íde College of
Further Education Soccer Academy) and freshman midfielder Nathan Bias
(Dayton, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont). Carr is also a transfer from the
College of Southern Maryland, where he was named to the
All-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference team.
"These three have definitely brought a sense of urgency and a
new dynamic to the program," explained Buchan. "We've got the
possibility to make a big jump this season from where we were last
Joining those two in the midfield are a slew of returners
including senior Justin Mihaley (Lowellville, Ohio/Ursuline)and
sophomores Rob Searles
(Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), who tied Stuckey with
four assists, and Patrick Murphy (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside).
Junior Kyle Roesch
(Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), a starter in every game a season ago, will
anchor the defense in front of sophomore goalkeeper Ricky
Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy).
Carreira saw action in 10 games with seven starts in 2009 making 56
"Ricky has improved a ton and he works hard at his game," said
Buchan. "He makes some great saves and still has a great amount of
GLIAC play won't be completely new as the Storm went 2-3 against
conference foes in 2009, with road wins at Northwood University and
Saginaw Valley State University. Lake Erie often will be in
new territory this season as 11 of its 18 games come on the road,
including a six-game stretch from September 10-28. Lake Erie
opens the season at Wheeling Jesuit University on Thursday,
September 2 and comes home on Sunday, September 5 to take on Urbana
College at 2:00 p.m. The conference schedule starts on Wednesday,
September 8 at 4:30 when Ashland University travels to
"Unfortunately the schedule is a little bit one-sided as far as
going away from home," said Buchan. "It's a tough
schedule and we made it that way because we want to get in position
to compete nationally. Wheeling Jesuit and Ashland are always
strong, so right off the bat we'll see how good we are in those