(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) - In its second straight road contest, the No. 6 Lake Erie men's soccer team walked away with a 4-0 victory at the Trojan Soccer Complex in Nashville, Tenn., Friday night.
Much of the first half of the match both teams looked to gain control of the ball as heavy rain poured down onto the field. Going into halftime both teams were even at 0-0. Lake Erie wasn't able to find the net but outshot the Trojans 9-2 in the first half.
Powered by goals from three different players, the Storm (11-0,7-0 G-MAC) erupted for four goals after halftime and cruised to victory over Trevecca Nazarene (2-7-1,1-5-1).
The first goal of the match came when a Trojan defender collided with Trevecca Nazarene goalkeeper Will Thompson, the collision caused the wet ball to get passed both players as it rolled to the back of the net. An own goal was awarded to the Storm.
In the 60th minute, Tom Akinola started the second-half scoring for Lake Erie. Akinola ran in the box where he fielded a pass from Ayden Von Essen. After fielding the pass Akinola placed it in the net past the sliding goalkeeper giving the Storm a 2-0 lead. Akinola has scored in two straight matches for the Storm.
Coach Louie Rolko began making some substitutions at the 70th-minute mark. The changes proved to be keys to victory as Jacob McGrinder came in and assisted Ameer Saade swiftly put a ball in the lower-left corner of the goal taking the score to 3-0.
Saade was not done contributing, less than five minutes after the third goal for Lake Erie, Saade connected with a familiar teammate Sander Van Der Sluijs who netted the final goal of the evening. Saade leads the team with five assists, three of the assists have been finished by Van Der Sluijs.
No. 6 Lake Erie went on to end the match by taking a season-high 23 shots and eight corner kicks. Tom John and the Storm defense recorded their seventh shut out of the season. John recorded one save with only one shot on a goal attempt by the Trojans.
The unbeaten Storm will once again be on the road for a Sunday matchup against Kentucky Wesleyan. Match time against the Panthers is set for 2:00 p.m.