PAINESVILLE, Ohio. - The SVSU men's soccer team needed overtime to defeat the Lake Erie Storm 2-1 on Friday (Sep. 23) in GLIAC action.
The two teams played a scoreless first half despite the Cardinals attempting eight shots towards the net. Connor Keane (6-2) did not record a save in the first half of the match.
In the second half, Lake Erie was the first to break the scoreless tie when Miguel Espinoza carried the ball into the SVSU zone and found Matt Maguire, who tallied his first goal of the season in the 61'. In the 79', Liam Reilly took a corner kick for the Cardinals which would set up Tyler Stephens for his first goal of the season and a 1-1 tie.
Reilly's corner kick was one of eight the Cardinals had in the second half. The Cardinals would generate two more shots before the end of regulation time.
In overtime, Matt Wilson carried the ball just inside of Lake Erie's 18-yard box and ripped a shot into the lower right corner for his sixth goal of the season and just 1:18 left in the match.
Inside the Boxscore
- Wilson's sixth goal of the season leads all GLIAC scorers. The tally was Wilson's second game-winning goal on the season, where he ties for second in the GLIAC.
- Reilly's assist from the corner kick was his second of the 2016 season.
- Pablo Ortiz had three shots on goal which led the Cardinal attack. The visitors attempted 19 shots, with nine of those reaching the goal.
- Saginaw Valley had 14 corner kicks, and converted on one for the game-tying goal in the 79'.
- Connor Keane (5-2-0) only faced three shots on goal for the match. He lowered his Goals Against Average to 1.40, which ranks fifth in the GLIAC.
- This was the first win for the Cardinals on the road against Lake Erie since September 13, 2013, where they defeated the Storm 3-0.
From Head Coach Andy Wagstaff
"Playing at LEC is one of the toughest games on our schedule. They are extremely difficult to beat at home, and tonight was no different. We played outstanding at times and I felt like we would score but LEC defended so well it made for a long night. When we fell a goal behind I was certainly worried but trusted that our players would be able to elevate their game to another level and find a way back in. From one of our 14 corners tonight, we finally scored throuth T.J. Stephens, who got on the end of a brilliant corner from Liam Reilly. The winner from Wilson was top, top class and it was great work from Liam and Andrew Dalou leading to the goal for the victory. This was huge for our team in so many ways and tonight our staff and I are extremely proud of these young men...they are warriors!"
Saginaw Valley finishes their Ohio road trip with a matinee (1:00 pm) match against Walsh on Sunday (Sep. 25). The Cardinals will host Tiffin on Wednesday (Sep 28) and then will face Northern Michigan on Friday (Sep. 30).