PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Avenging early season losses the past two seasons, a new look Lake Erie College (1-0) team dominated the entire way en route to a 3-1 win over Wheeling Jesuit University (0-1) at Slattery Field in Painesville, Ohio.
The victory marked the first for Lake Erie Head Coach Davie Carmichael in the opening game of his career.
Starting eight newcomers, Lake Erie put on the pressure early, registering four corner kicks in the first 20 minutes and seven overall in the first half. The Storm broke through at the 23:56 mark when a junior transfer Randy Danso (Toronto, Canada/North County Community College) took advantage of sloppy control from the Cardinals and scored from 10 yards out. The barrage of corner kicks eventually paided off as a service from junior transfer Jake Shelton (Newburg, Md./Webber International University) found freshman Stefan Martin (Surrey, England/Greenshaw High School) who converted from eight yards out in the 41st minute.
Wheeling Jesuit never seriously threatened until their first goal at the 71:59 when Sam Bauman sent in a beautiful cross from midfield and Victor Picchio finished from 20 yards out after getting behind the defense. The one-goal game would last just five minutes as sophomore Nathan Bias (Dayton, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) put in a clincher from 12 yards out, after controlling the keepers deflection of a cross.
Lake Erie won the battle of shots, 10-6, and won the battle of corner kicks, 8-1.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto,Canada/Dante Alighieri Academy) was not forced to make a save but did splendid work controlling the back end.
The Storm is in action next on Saturday, with a 12:00 p.m. home match against Malone University.