Photo provided by Paul Thomas
(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Lake Erie men's soccer team has broken into the national rankings at No. 16 in the United Soccer Coaches National Poll released today. It's the first time the Storm have been ranked in their Division II era.
This year's squad is 5-0, its best since joining Division II, with wins against tough opponents including 2018 GLIAC tournament champions Ashland. The Green and White are one of three unbeaten teams in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). The Storm were picked to finish fourth in the G-MAC preseason poll this season.
"It's a great honor to be recognized nationally for our achievements so far this season. We are off to a great start, and I am happy that the players have been recognized for their efforts," said Head Coach Louie Rolko. "Our leadership group has been very instrumental in our success as they set the standard every day. Their effort, resiliency, and commitment to our goals is reflected in this ranking. While we are excited to be ranked, there is still a lot more of the season to be played and many challenges and hurdles yet to overcome. We understand there is a long way to go to reach our team goals for 2019."
The winning has been from total team effort as six different players have combined to score the eight goals on the season with six different players recording assists. Five different players have provided the game-deciding goal.
Defensively the Storm has been anchored by Tom John (So., Ahrensburg, Germany) who as logged every minute between the pipes this year. The Union Berlin alum has recorded clean sheets against four opponents and allowed just one goal thus far.
Lake Erie will look to continue its undefeated streak heading into Saturday's conference matchup versus Cedarville. The Storm and Yellow Jackets' matchup will take place at 3 p.m. at Jack Britt Stadium. Cost for attendance will be $5 at the stadium with Lake Erie College students, staff and faculty allowed in free with LEC Storm ID card.
|5||West Texas A&M||6|
|6||Palm Beach Atlantic||9|
|7||Cal State L.A.||10|
|13||Eastern New Mexico||17|
|14||Cal State San Bernardino||14|