PERRY, Ohio – Lake Erie freshman attacker Julia Kudla
(Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) scored in each of two overtime
periods to lift the Storm past Indiana Tech, 22-20, in a
nonconference game at Alumni Stadium on Saturday (May 1) afternoon.
It was Lake Erie's final home game of the season.
Kudla scored eight times for the Storm and also added a team-high
three assists. She is two points shy of freshman midfielder Meredith
Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) for the team-lead
in points with 58 on the season.
The Storm (6-6, 1-4 ECC) fell behind early in the game, 6-1, the
lone goal coming off the stick of freshman attacker Allison
Trombetti (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) that tied the game at
1-1. Kudla had the assist on the play, which came in a man-up
opportunity after a yellow card by the Warriors' Chelsea Olsen.
After falling behind by five, Lake Erie ripped off seven of the
next eight goals to take an 8-7 lead with 7:22 left in the first
half. Freshman attacker Kim Dang
(Atlanta, Ga./Jackson) assisted on two goals and scored once in
that stretch. Freshman midfielder Brittany
Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and junior midfielder Caitlin
Malay (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bethel Park/Waynesburg) each scored
their first goals of the game in that stretch as well.
Howe's first goal of the game – a free position shot –
with 1:13 left to play in the half tied the score at 9-9 heading
Howe and Kudla combined to score the first three goals coming out
of the intermission as the Storm took a 12-9 lead.
The Warriors eventually drew even at 15-15, but the Storm went on
another run to take a 19-16 advantage. At that point, Indiana Tech
rallied to score four goals – the last two by Nicole Johnson
– to hold a 20-19 advantage with one minute to play.
But Howe was able to force a turnover off an intercepted pass from
Indiana Tech goalkeeper Ashley Thomas and she notched her fourth
goal of the game with 38 seconds left to knot the score.
The Storm was able to take advantage of Warrior fouls as Kudla
broke the tie with free-position goals in each overtime to make the
difference in the game. Storm goalkeeper Brittanie
Johnson (Hilliard, Ohio/Darby) also came up with three clutch
saves in the overtime period.
The Storm scored on 10 of its 16 free-position shots in the game,
including a 9-for-10 mark in the second half and overtimes. Indiana
Tech did not help its cause by committing 46 fouls, compared to
just 27 for the Storm. The Warriors were called for eight fouls in
the overtime periods alone.
In addition to Kudla's eight goals and three assists, Howe had
four goals, Malay and Rabuano scored three times, Dang had two
goals and two assists and Trombetti tallied two markers. Freshman
O'Donnell (Mentor, Ohio/Villa Angela-St. Joseph) also recorded
her first assist of the season.
Brittanie Johnson was very good in net, stopping 18 shots overall.
Freshman defender Nicole Crist
(Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) led the Storm with five ground balls while
Dang had seven draw controls. Kudla and Howe had six draw controls
Lake Erie also took advantage of man-up opportunities, cashing in
four times on six Warrior yellow cards.
Nicole Johnson had nine goals for the Warriors and Paige
Kauffman added four. Thomas stopped 16 shots in goal.
The Storm will have a full week off before returning to the pitch
for its final two matches on the road. The Storm will suit up
against conference foes St. Thomas Aquinas and Molloy on May 8 and