It did not take freshman forward Paige Nemec (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) long to adjust to college play as she put in the go-ahead goal in her college debut en route to a 2-1 victory over Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va.
The Storm (1-0) win avenged a 2-0 loss to the Cardinals (0-1) last season in Painesville.
Sophomore Valerie Urbanik (North Rideville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) started the scoring in the 19th minute when she scored unassisted. Wheeling Jesuit answered back just five minutes later with a goal from Kara Houston but Nemec found the back of the net at 38:35 with what proved to be the game winner. Wheeling Jesuit booted four shots in the second half and Lake Erie countered with three, but neither team was able to crack the scoreboard.
The Cardinals won the battle of shots, 13-6, and corner kicks, 2-1, but the Storm made the most of their opportunities.
In goal for Lake Erie, junior Chelsea Giesen (Grants Pass, Ore./North Valley) made five saves.
The Storm are in action next on Wednesday Sept. 8 when they host Ashland University in the GLIAC opener at 2:00 p.m.