UNIVERSITY PARK, Mich. - As most of the matchups between Lake Erie College and Saginaw Valley State University have gone before, Friday's (Nov. 4) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinal was a close battle for the two teams.
#14 Saginaw Valley got a late goal, eliminating the Storm from the tournament with a 1-0 win. Lake Erie finished the 2016 season with an 8-7-4 record.
"Making it to a semifinal game in the GLIAC is no easy accomplishment given the parity from top to bottom each year," said Storm Head Coach Kevin Brenner. "I'm extremely proud of these guys for not only accomplishing that goal but also giving the 14th ranked team in the nation today all they could handle and implementing a fantastic game plan. We were a bit unlucky to concede the goal and we had some great chances ourselves. This season, we have set numerous school records and remained one of the best defensive teams in the nation throughout the entire season. I'm also proud that we matched the second most wins total in program history this year. All credit goes to the players and coaching staff for another fantastic season here at LEC as we have continued and built something special here."
The Cardinals controlled the first half as they took seven shots compared to Lake Erie's two. Neither team could find the back of the net.
In the 76th minute, All-GLIAC First Team Forward Matt Wilson put the Cardinals in front. Wilson got a pass from All-GLIAC Midfielder Andrew Dalou and finished it for his 14th goal.
The Storm took four shots in the second half but could not score the equalizer.
For the game, Saginaw Valley outshot the Storm 13-6. The GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year, Hugo Fauroux (Cannes, France / Lycee Bristol) made three saves and allowed one goal.