Panthers Men's Soccer Set to Close Season at Lake Erie

Panthers Men's Soccer Set to Close Season at Lake Erie

Written by Sports Information Intern, Jackie Hobson

COLUMBUS, OH--- The Ohio Dominican men's soccer team will look to close out their season with three straight wins as they head to take on the Lake Erie Storm this Friday.

The Panthers are coming off a big week in which they were victorious through two matches, taking down Walsh 3-0 last Friday and beating Malone, 1-0, at home, for the final time on senior day, last Sunday. The accolades continued to storm in through this week as junior Shane Facemyer (Sunbury, OH) scored GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Facemyer was an intricate part of a Panther defense that tallied two shutouts over the weekend, while contributing a large part to the ODU offense, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the two victories. This player of the week award is the first for Facemyer in his career and the first for the Panthers this season.

Through two straight victories, the Panthers have scored four goals and recorded two shutouts, the most in each category, through two consecutive games this season. The Black and Gold will look to continue their good play and come away with a victory when they head up to Lake Erie for a 1 p.m. match.

The Storm (7-5-1, 7-7-1), who are also on a two game winning streak, tied the Panthers back in September after the match was forced into a two-overtime battle. ODU scored the first two goals of the game before allowing LEC to creep back for the 2-2 draw.

ODU (2-11-1, 2-10-1) has showed the ability to attack the goal from all parameters this season with eight Panthers having scored at least one goal. This widespread offensive attack has been powered by five goals from freshman Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, OH).

 SeniorJustin Alexander (Reynoldsburg, OH) has been a season-long leader on the defensive front for the Panthers with 71 saves, ranking second in the GLIAC.

Filip Ljubveski leads the Storm on the defensive front and stands in fifth place in the GLIAC with 50 saves. LEC has also showed strong efforts on the offensive side of the field this season with 33 goals on the year.

The Panthers are 9-3-0 all-time against the Storm, including a 5-1 record when playing at LEC. The teams have split the last four matches, each winning two of the last four.

Contact: Tyler Jester