UNIVERSITY PARK, Mich-. The Lake Erie College men's soccer team fell behind early and could muster a comeback as they fell 4-2 to #23 Saginaw Valley State University on Friday (Oct. 21) afternoon. Lake Erie fell to 7-5-3 overall and 5-5-3 in the GLIAC.
"Today was a tough day as SVSU came out firing on all cylinders, and we struggled to stick to the game plan," said Storm head coach Kevin Brenner. "Credit to our guys for continuing to play hard, despite what was a difficult afternoon for us. I am confident we will bounce back Sunday afternoon at Northwood."
Saginaw Valley put three goals on the board in the first 23 minutes of the game by three different players.
Lake Erie got on the board in the 26th minute as Andrew Bucur (Bedford, Ohio / St. Peter Chanel) converted a penalty kick for his second goal of the year.
The Cardinals answered back three minutes later with a goal coming from a free kick by Matt Wilson. Wilson had one goal and three assists in the first half.
Saginaw Valley held a 4-1 lead at halftime. The Cardinals outshot the Storm 8-4 in the first half.
The Cardinals shot the ball 16 times in the second half but the Storm defense held the home team off the board.
Max Maguire (Letchworth, England / Hitchin College) scored in the final seconds of the game off of a deflection in the box from Miguel Espinoza (Perry, Ohio / Perry). Maguire's third goal of the year completed the scoring at 4-2.
Saginaw Valley took 24 shots in the game compared to Lake Erie's eight. The Storm goalkeepers combined to make ten saves.
Lake Erie returns to action on Sunday (Oct. 23) at Northwood.