PAINESVILLE, OHIO –Lake Erie College (3-3, 2-2 GLIAC) was evenly matched with Ohio Dominican University (3-1, 2-0 GLIAC) in a battle at the top of the GLIAC, but could not come up with a result in a 2-1 loss at Slattery Field in Painesville, Ohio
The Storm was forced to play the game's final 20 minutes short-handed due to a red card. It was certainly not the only card issued throughout the contests as Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie combined for 12 in the match. The Storm committed 18 fouls while the Panthers were charged with 11.
Junior Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) was fantastic in goal for the Storm making four difficult saves.
Lake Erie got a gift in the fifth minute when its pressured the ODU keeper and forced a turnover which freshman Danny Eborall (Sheffield, England) converted into the open goal. The Panthers began to force the temp and were rewarded with a foul call deep in the Lake Erie zone. The Storm blocked the initial shot attempt on the restart but and unlucky bounce went right to ODU's Felix Darko at point blank range for the Panthers goal.
Play was even on both ends as the fouls and cards mounted up against the Storm in a game which was physical on both sides. One such instance cost the Storm as in the 55th minute, a Ohio Dominican set piece resulted in a nice look which Colby Catlett missed just wide. However, the ball stayed in and ODU's Casey Weddle was able to retrieve it and send it in to Darko who headed it home to give the Panthers a 2-1 advantage.
Ohio Dominican had two nice chances to extend that lead in the ensuring moments, the first was snuffed out by a pair of Carreira saves. The second sent in from long range by Tommy Glenn bounced off the crossbar.
The game, which threatened to get away from the officiating crew on several insistences throughout the second half, may have finally in the 70th minute as freshman Stefan Martin (Surrey, England/Averett University) received a red card, forcing the Storm to compete a man down the rest of the game. The call hurt Lake Erie as it struggled to mount offensive pressure playing down a man.
Ohio Dominican had a point blank chance to add an insurance goal in the 78th minute, but Carreira made an outstanding kick save to keep Lake Erie's hopes alive. As the Storm pushed forward tying to even the game, Ohio Dominican continued to pick up runout chances but Carreira answered the call time and time again. The Storm mounted two solid attacks in the final five minutes but both resulted in shots sailing high.
The Storm will take a break from GLIAC play next weekend as it hosts a pair of non-conference contests.