LYNDHURST, OHIO – Junior two-time all-conference goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Aligheri Academy) returned just in time to save the Lake Erie College men's soccer team's season. After leaving the game after the first half, Carreira came back onto the field in overtime and then turned away two shots in the penalty kick round as the Storm, tied at 2-2, prevailed on PK's (3-1) over Salem International University Saturday night (Nov. 12) in the semifinals of the 2011 East Coast Athletic Conference Division II Championship.
With the win, Lake Erie (8-8-3) advances to the championship game against host Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Sunday, Nov. 13.
The Storm broke through for the first two goals late in the first half. Junior Rob Searles (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) fed classmate Jake Shelton (Newburg, Md./Webber International) with a short cross for the match's first point in the 34th minute. Then, just before halftime, Searles put in a rebound off a cross for a 2-0 Lake Erie advantage.
With freshman Sam Etherton (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) in net for the second half, Salem International (7-6-3) got a pair of goals from Karim Farhan seven minutes apart to tie the match at 2-2.
It would stay that way for the final 26 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Salem International went first in the penalty kick round and Jack Smith connected on the Tigers' first try. But after that, Carreira shut the door.
While Lake Erie got makes from senior Gary Carr (Dublin, Ireland/Irish Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Soccer Academy), Searles and senior Miroslav Pezer (Mentor, Ohio), Salem International was turned away twice by Carreira and when Oscar Benitez's attempt went high, the Storm had secured a place in Sunday's final.
Carreira finished with 10 saves. Juan Ameijerias made two saves for Salem International, who outshot Lake Erie 24-10.
The Storm's game against Notre Dame is set to kick off at 7 p.m.