Lake Erie College Women's Soccer Report - Sept. 28
This week's games:
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Waynesburg University (6:30 p.m.) Saturday, Oct. 3 at East Stroudsburg University (1:30 p.m.)
Storm Report (3-4-2)
The women's soccer team earned its third win of the season on Saturday with a 5-0 rout of Ohio Valley University at Slattery Field. The chilly, dreary weather on Saturday afternoon did not hamper the Storm's ability to heat up as Lake Erie scored the first goal of the game just 66 seconds after kickoff. Freshman Kaitlyn Holland (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) delivered the first goal of her hat trick off an assist from freshman Taylor Yurick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls). That set the tone for the rest of the game as the struggling Scots managed just one shot in the game. Holland struck again in the 31st minute as she carried a breakaway off a tipped pass from senior midfielder Emma Hoskins (Fairfield, Ohio/McAuley) and placed into the right side of the net to make it 2-0. Freshman Valerie Urbanik (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) tallied her second goal of the season in the 39th minute as she carried the ball across the top of the penalty area before unleashing a shot from 16 yards to the top of the net and giving the Storm a 3-0 halftime lead.
Senior Chelsea Giesen (Grants Pass, Ore./North Valley), who spent the first half in net for the Storm, delivered her second goal of the year off Yurick's second assist of the game in the 71st minute. With 14 minutes to play, Holland capped the scoring and her hat trick with a goal off a rebound from the keeper's hands to make it 5-0. It was the most complete game of the season for Lake Erie, which posted its second shutout of the year.
The Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets are 3-4 this season and are coming off a 3-2 road loss at Muskingum University. The Jackets will be playing their first home game since Sept. 5 and just their third overall this season. In their first two games played in Waynesburg, the Jackets were 2-0. Courtney Ebersole has six of the Jackets' 10 goals on the season and regular goalkeeper Katrina Kelly has stopped 84 percent of the shots she has faced on net.
The East Stroudsburg University Warriors currently carry a 6-4-1 record and are coming off a 6-0 win over Lock Haven University. It was East Stroudsburg's first win since a 5-1 decision over the University of Charleston (W.V.). The Warriors have outscored their opponents by a 30-13 count and 11 different players have scored, led by Devon Miniscalco (eight goals) and Marissa Spitler (seven). Melissa Myers has a 1.34 goals against average as the goalkeeper.
· Holland's hat trick on Saturday was the first for the program since Oct. 20, 2007 when Angela Bethel scored three times in a 7-1 win at Mount Aloysius.
· The Storm has already eclipsed last season's win total (two) and is looking to have the most wins for the program since 2007 when it won six times.
· Giesen is carrying 1.21 goals against average and has made 27 saves this season.
· Holland's six goals and 13 points lead the team, while Urbanik's seven points (two goals, three assists) rank second for the Storm.