PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College men's soccer team will take their three game winning streak into a big GLIAC weekend at home. The Storm will host Saginaw Valley State on Friday (Sept. 23) and Northwood on Sunday (Sept. 25).
Coach Brenner's Take: "We look forward to hosting two formidable opponents both of which made a good run in the NCAA Tournament last year and are well coached. Our guys are playing some quality soccer right now and I am excited to see them play Friday and Sunday. I am sure SVSU will be looking to avenge last year's results. Our players will be up for the battle Friday night, I can guarantee that. Conversely, we will be looking to prove ourselves against Northwood on Sunday afternoon, who are defending league champs. It's going to be a fantastic weekend for soccer, I encourage everyone to come out and support and make it another great atmosphere."
Storm Report: Lake Erie enters the weekend with a 5-1 record overall and 3-1 record in the GLIAC. Jesse Schluter (Boksee, Germany/Kathe-Kollwikz School) scored the game-winning goal late in the Storm's 1-0 win over Northern Michigan last Friday (Sept. 16).
GLIAC Honorable Mention: Schluter was named to the GLIAC Honorable Mention list for offense this week for his game-winning goal last week. Hugo Fauroux (Cannes, France/Lycee Bristol) was named Honorable Mention on defense as he pitched two shutouts, making eight saves in two wins.
NSCAA Rankings: Lake Erie moved up another spot in the DII Midwest Region NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) rankings this week. The Storm improved from seventh last week to sixth. Both opponents this weekend are also ranked: Saginaw Valley (8th) and Northwood (5th).
Series History: Lake Erie is 3-6-4 overall against Saginaw Valley State since 2009. The Storm are 5-8-2 against Northwood since 2009. Lake Erie faced both teams last season in the GLIAC Tournament. The Storm defeated the Cardinals on PKs before falling to Northwood in the finals.
Opposition Position: The Cardinals enter the weekend 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference. They defeated Ashland 6-0 last time out. The Timberwolves are 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference as they defeated Ohio Dominican 4-0 last weekend.
Storm Forecast: The Storm will travel to Columbus on Wednesday (Sept. 28) to face the Ohio Dominican Panthers.