Lake Erie College (2-7, 0-7 GLIAC) scored its first two goals in GLIAC play against the league's leader and top defensive team, but it was not enough in a 4-2 loss to #21-ranked Northern Michigan University (6-0-3, 6-0-1 GLIAC) at Jack Britt Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. The Wildcats had allowed just two goals to conference teams in six matches entering this contest.
The Storm did not look intimidated facing the ranked Wildcats and showed positive signs as they played even with them in the final 80 minutes.
Northern Michigan got on the board just 3:24 into the game as Amelia Johnson found the net from 25 yards out. They extend their lead in the 10th minute on a breakaway goal by Dana Stephens after a nice pass ahead from Missy Mohr.
After those first 10 minutes the Storm settled in and eventually cut the deficit in half at 19:45 when freshman Ally Miller (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) scored her first collegiate goal from 15 yards out via a pass from freshman Robin Hames (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby). The score stayed at 2-1 until late in the first period when Johnson scored her second goal of the day to give the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage.
After 18 shots between the teams in the first half, the pace of play slowed as neither team attempted a shot in the first 16 minutes. Stephens eventually added her second goal of the game in the 65th minute, as she connected on the second shot of the breakaway after freshman Megan Baldacci (Cavecreek, Ariz./Cactus Shadows) saved the first. Freshman Misty Porter (Reno, Nev./North Valleys) was a hard working force for the Storm all afternoon and it paid off with her first collegiate goal with 39 seconds to play as the assist came from Miller.
Baldacci (Cavecreek, Ariz./Cactus Shadows) made double-digit saves for the fourth straight game as she stopped 10 Wildcat shots and squelched several other scoring opportunities.
Northern Michigan held a 27-8 advantage in shots and 4-1 lead in corner kicks.
The Storm are in action next on Sunday when they face GLIAC foe Michigan Tech at Jack Britt Stadium in a noon kickoff.