(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) - The Storm women's soccer were held to a 1-1 draw in their home opener against the Ursuline Arrows Saturday evening. The matchup was the first chance for the Storm to defend their home turf.
The first half was all Ursline. The Arrows had a multitude chances down both wings but didn't struggle to get shots up early on. In the 13th minute, Ursiline broke the deadlock on a goal by junior Jarah Froehilich. Lake Erie was outshot by Ursline in the first half 10-7.
Lake Erie was up for the challenge coming out of halftime, in the 57th-minute freshman Maria Kennedy was able to position herself in front of the box and took a shot that was saved by Ursuline goalkeeper Grace Cady. The ball was not secured by Cady and it bounced to the feet of senior Holland Erb. The senior Erb quickly looked to capitalize on the rebound but the ball was blocked by Cady who was still on the ground. After the second rebound, Carley Kandel was able to get the ball to Erb who was able to find the back of the net tying the game.
Megan Biddell , Storm goalkeeper tallied a season-high nine saves in the match. Both teams evenly shot each other with Ursiline having 17 total shots and Lake Erie had 16 shots.
The match was very physical, with yellow cards being given out to each team. Neither team was able to do much in both overtime periods that produced only three total shot attempts. The Storm looked to gain moment in the last three minutes of the second overtime but was unable to break the tie, ending the match in a 1-1 draw.
The Storm will be on the road for their next matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 24, against the Bears of Shawnee State at 7 p.m. Lake Erie will be back at home Friday against Findlay University at 1 p.m.