Storm Improves to .500 with 2-1 Win over Charleston

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie women's soccer team won for the third time in four games on Monday (Oct. 5) with a 2-1 triumph over the University of Charleston at Slattery Field. The win improves the Storm (5-5-2) to the .500 mark this late in the season since the 2006-07 campaign. 

The Storm got on the board in the 35th minute as freshman Jaimie Nelson (Las Vegas, Nev./Las Vegas) found senior Lacey Eisenberg (Kirtland, Ohio/Kirtland) in the middle of the box. Eisenberg drove the ball into the back of the net past Golden Eagles keeper Caitlyn Seader.

The game held at 1-0 into halftime, but just three minutes after the break, freshman Valerie Urbanik (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville) deposited a free kick from 24 yards into the top side of the net to give the Storm a 2-0 lead. It was Urbanik's third goal of the season.  

From there, it was a struggle for the Storm to hang on, especially after Taryn Conklin's goal in the 72nd minute cut the lead in half. Lake Erie's back line and sophomore keeper Chelsea Giesen (Grants Pass, Ore./North Valley) did not break.  

The Storm surrendered eight shots in the second half, while taking only three. The Eagles (1-9) out-shot the Storm, 17-7, in the game, but the Lake Erie defense, led by Giesen and senior sweeper Natalia Bartula (Oakville, Ont./Holy Trinity Catholic), stood its ground when it needed to.  

Lake Erie will take a week off before returning to Slattery Field when it hosts Lock Haven University next Monday (Oct. 12) at 1:30 p.m.