PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (3-2, 2-1 GLIAC) sent waves through the GLIAC Wednesday night as it defeated reigning regular season and conference champion No. 18 Ashland University (2-2-1, 1-1-1 GLIAC), 2-0, in a road tilt in Ashland, Ohio.
The win moved the Storm to the top of the GLIAC Standings, two points ahead of Tiffin University (3-0-1, 1-0-1) and Ashland. Ashland lone previous loss came 2-1 at the hands of defending national champion and top ranked Northern Kentucky University. The Eagles had previously lost only one GLIAC home match in the past two seasons (vs. Tiffin, 2010).
From the first touch, it was a hot contested, physical match as the two sides combined for 33 fouls. In the 28th minute, Lake Erie got a 3-on-2 run out and was able to capitalize. Sophomore Nathan Bias (Dayton, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) ran the break down the middle of the pitch and found junior Jake Shelton (Newburg, Md./Webber International University) on the left side who found the back of the net from seven yards out for his first career goal as a member of the Storm.
The 1-0 advantage lasted the rest of the half and well into the second 45 minutes. Finally in the 73th minute Lake Erie College landed a critical second goal to take a comfortable advantage. It was another career first as freshman Danny Eborall (Sheffield, England)scored his first goal from three yards out with Bias picking up another assist.
Ashland won the battle of shots 11-8, but the Storm were the team on point with a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.
Two big keys to the game came from the strong Storm back line. Lake Erie withstood nine Ashland corner kicks and were able to forced the Eagles into five offsides.
Making four saves, junior Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) picked up his second shutout of the season.
Lake Erie will be in action next on Sunday at Slattery Field for a 1:00 p.m. match against Ohio Dominican University.