PAINESVILLE, Ohio- After falling behind in a key GLIAC matchup, the Lake Erie College Storm men's soccer team rallied back to defeat the Ohio Dominican Panthers 3-2 in double overtime on Wednesday (Oct. 26) night.
"Our players were extremely resilient tonight showing a tremendous amount of character battling back from 1-0 down and then winning it in double overtime against a good ODU team. I am extremely proud of the players and their determination! We are a team that is built for these types of battles! We will enjoy this win for the next 24 hours and get back to work Friday and Saturday as we face a much improved Walsh team in another must win game Sunday on Senior Day! Lastly, a huge thank you to LEC nation for supporting us," said Storm head coach Kevin Brenner postgame.
The Storm improved to 8-6-3 overall with the win and 6-6-3 in the GLIAC. The Storm moved into sole possession of fourth place in the GLIAC.
Ohio Dominican scored first in the 11th minute after a goal was scored after a collision in the goal box. Lake Erie answered when Ben Phillips (Manchester, England/College of St. Scholastica) buried a shot from 25 yards out in the 36th minute, off of a pass from Samuel Mutemwa (Johannesburg, South Africa/Sandringham High School).
Stuart Campbell (Glasgow, Scotland/Glasgow Academy) gave the Storm a 2-1 lead in the 42nd minute with a streak down the left side of the field and a shot on the near post.
The Panthers tied the game in the 67th minute as Ryan Kasprzak put a deep shot past the Storm goalkeeper.
Both teams took eight shots in the second half but neither team could take the lead, forcing the game into overtime.
Ohio Dominican took one shot in the first overtime but the game was still tied. Lake Erie held the advantage in the second overtime with two shots taken.
Campbell scored off a deflection from a previous shot in the box, lifting the Storm to a 3-2 comeback win in the 104th minute.
Lake Erie outshot the Panthers 13-12 in the game. Campbell and Phillips led the Storm with three shots each.
Alfredo Gallo (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) made three saves in 103 minutes of relief action.
The Storm will end the 2016 regular season with a home match against Walsh on Sunday (Oct. 30).