PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College women's soccer team took Ashland University, who currently sits second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings, to overtime but were unable to notch the win, falling to the Eagles 3-2 Wednesday (Oct. 25).
The Storm struck first five minutes in when Elizabeth Awuah (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) caused a turnover deep Ashland's zone and passed along to Paige Nemec (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) who beat Eagle goalkeeper Rebecca Plescia on a breakaway. The Eagles quickly answered when minutes later, Kelsey Dropsey deflected in a cross from Krista Lewis to even the game at one. Lewis nearly gave Ashland the lead twice, but each time Storm goalkeeper Sarah Stroope (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) made a save from point blank range to keep the game tied at one. With three minutes left in the first half, Kelly Krispinsky put a shot past Stroope to give the Eagles a 2-1 edge going into the half.
Auwah notched her second assist of the game in the 64th minute when her cross found Samantha Gengler (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) wide open right in front of the net, evening the score at two. Both offenses continued to pressure throughout the rest of the second half, but neither found the back of the net, sending the game to overtime.
Seven minutes into the overtime session, Lewis was finally able to put a shot past Stroope, giving the Eagles the 3-2 overtime win.
Stroope ended the game with eight saves while her counterpart Plescia also made eight.
The Storm play their final home game of the season Sunday (Oct. 27), hosting Ohio Dominican University.