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Storm Battle Seton Hill in Spirited 1-1 Draw

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie Storm and Seton Hill Griffins missed on several opportunities in two overtime periods on Wednesday (Oct. 28) afternoon at Slattery Field, finishing in a 1-1 tie.
 
The spirited match was played at a high level for all 110 minutes, but neither team could find the net in the final 20 minutes.
 
Storm forward Scott Stuckey (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon) scored his 12th goal of the season, just over three minutes into the first half. He received a long feed from defender Kyle Roesch (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary) and placed it into the left side of the net.
 
The teams spent much of the rest of the first half in the midfield, without many chances on net. Storm keeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante AIighiery Academy) was tested only once in the first half and made the stop. The Griffins (9-6-4) out-shot the Storm (6-10-2), 5-3, in the first half.
 
Seton Hill finally broke through in the 77th minute as Mike Pistentis beat his defender one-on-one and slipped the ball inside the back post for the equalizer.
 
Both teams missed on chances in the overtime periods.
 
Just over a minute into the first overtime Phil Murphy (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) laced a perfect cross for Rob Searles (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), who sent his well-struck diving header into the waiting arms of Seton Hill keeper Jon DeLuca.
 
Four minutes later, the Griffins were rewarded with a penalty kick after Carreira tripped up an oncoming attacker on his way to the goal. The freshman keeper, though, made an outstanding diving save to his left on the kick to extend the game and save the draw for the Storm.
 
Midway through the second overtime, Everton Blake (Clardenon, Jamaica/Clardenon/Lakeland CC) found Stuckey streaking down the left side, but the Storm's leading goal-scorer slid his shot just past the far post.
 
Neither team could come up with a solid opportunity after that and had to settle for the draw.
Carreira finished with four saves, while DeLuca came up with three for the Griffins. Lake Erie out-shot Seton Hill, 13-12, in the match and 4-3 in the overtime periods. The teams were even (5-5) in corner kicks.
 
The Storm will host NCAA Playoff contender Mercyhurst (12-4) on Friday. The Lakers are ranked third in the Atlantic Region.