PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Three second-half goals by Davis and Elkins sent the Lake Erie men's soccer team to its fifth straight defeat to start the season, 4-2, on Saturday (Sept. 12) afternoon.
The Senators (3-1) took the early lead in the first half on a
goal by James Kpainay in the 22nd minute.
The Storm (0-5) were able to counter in the 43rd minute as junior Scott Stucky (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon) banged a goal off the right post off a feed from freshman forward Rob Searles (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin).
Lake Erie picked up that goal while playing with just 10 men. Four players (two from each team) picked up yellow cards within a three-minute span in the first half. In the 28th minute, Ajok Abair (Kenya/Gateway (Col.)) was sent off with his second yellow card.
The Senators put the game away just after halftime as the Storm began to wear down. Davis and Elkins scored three times in the first 20 minutes of the second half to take a 4-1 advantage.
The Storm, though, continued to attack, adding its second goal with 4:30 to play. Senior Justin Rraya (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) redirected senior Jacob Drake's (Streetsboro, Ohio/Crestwood) shot into the net and cut the lead to 4-2.
Despite playing a man down for much of the match, the Storm still out-shot the Senators, 13-9. Each team had seven corner kicks.
The Storm return to Slattery Field on Tuesday (Sept. 15) to take on the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown at 4 p.m.