The Lake Erie men’s soccer team has broken into the national rankings at No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches National Poll released today. It’s the first time the Storm have been ranked in their Division II era.
After a stellar performance in the home opener against Davenport on Saturday, Justin Growel (RS-Jr., East Troy, Wisc. / East Troy) has been named the G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week. His efforts helped Lake Erie stay in the game as he led the defense to a shutout of the Panthers in the second half, the second consecutive week the defense accomplished the feat against its opponent.
Ayden Von Essen’s goal in the fourth minute held up throughout the game as Lake Erie defeated Northern Michigan to remain unbeaten on neutral grounds Sunday afternoon. The Storm improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Wildcats fell to 1-3.
Another second half comeback attempt fell just short as Lake Erie was defeated by Davenport 13-9 in a defensive affair Saturday afternoon. The Storm (0-2) drove down the field in the final seconds, but the Panthers (1-0) were able to keep them out of the end zone as time expired.
The Lake Erie Storm will make their home debut Saturday afternoon when they entertain Davenport University in regional competition. The Green and White enter the contest at 0-1 after a narrow defeat at Mercyhurst last week, while the Panthers are playing their first game of the season.
A young Lake Erie cross country squad will get its first taste of competition this Saturday as the Storm runs in the Tiffelberg Open. The event is hosted by Heidelberg University and will feature seven teams, three of which are from the G-MAC.
It didn’t take long to get the proverbial and literal ball rolling for the Lake Erie women’s soccer team in Tuesday evening’s 3-0 route of Glenville State at Morris Stadium. The Storm (2-0) scored on the Pioneers (0-2) just 73 seconds into the game and kept the pressure on throughout the rest of regulation.
Jonathan Carr gave Lake Erie its second overtime win in three games with a goal in the 98th minute to give the Storm a 1-0 victory over Malone on Tuesday afternoon. The Storm (3-0) also garnered their third consecutive shutout in their G-MAC season opener.
The first week of the season was a great one for Lake Erie goalkeeper Tom John as he was announced as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. John led the Storm to two clean sheets in regional wins against Ashland and Slippery Rock.
Some may say there is no such thing as a good loss, but Lake Erie has a lot it can take away from Thursday’s 21-16 season opening defeat to Mercyhurst. The Storm trailed by 18 at the half, yet still had an opportunity to win in the final minutes.