Men’s Soccer Grinds Out 1-0 Victory Against Lake Erie

Men’s Soccer Grinds Out 1-0 Victory Against Lake Erie

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican sophomore Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, Ohio) scored in the 59th minute on an assist from senior Tanner Ebright (Pickerington, Ohio) and freshman Matthew Pardi (Worthington, Ohio) recorded a team save in the 74th minute to earn ODU a 1-0 victory against Lake Erie on a rainy Wednesday night at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers (3-5-0, 3-3-0 GLIAC) are 3-1-0 at Panther Stadium this season and snap a four-game skid with the victory.

The two teams tied in overall shots at 15-15, with Ohio Dominican holding a 7-4 advantage over Lake Erie (5-3-1, 3-3-1 GLIAC) in shots on goal. The Panthers recorded four saves overall, with junior goalkeeper Clayton Hildebrand (Findlay, Ohio) finishing with three saves and no goals allowed, earning his second win of the year.

Ebright finished the match with one assist and four shots. Senior Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio) took four shots, two on goal, and Kasrpzak finished with one goal on three shots, two on goal, recording his sixth goal of the season. Sophomore Jorge Aldalla (Whitehall, Ohio) also took three shots, all on goal.

The two teams were locked in a 0-0 tie at halftime, but Ebright found Kasprzak on a long breakaway for the Panther offense. Lake Erie goalkeeper Hugo Fauroux charged to attempt the save, but Kasprzak was able to elude him, putting the ball to the back of the net to give ODU a 1-0 lead.

There were tense moments down the stretch for Ohio Dominican despite holding the 1-0 advantage. Lake Erie's Stuart Campbell attempted a shot in the 74th minute that deflected off an Ohio Dominican defender and past Hildebrand, but Pardi was able to track the ball down just before reaching the goal, clearing the ball and preserving the lead.

ODU was able to keep three late shots by Lake Erie from finding the back of the net, and earned the victory, 1-0.

Ohio Dominican will hit the road against Tiffin in its next match on Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m.

Contact: Aaron McPherson