COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's soccer team started off Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play on a high note, going on the road to defeat Lake Erie by a score of 1-0.
With the win the Panthers improve to 3-0-0 overall, and 1-0-0 in the GLIAC. Lake Erie drops to 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the conference.
The lone goal of the game came from sophomore Andrew Schwall (Gahanna, OH) who scored in the 57th minute when he beat his man down the right side, and shot one off the outside of his foot, scoring on the near post. Coming off the bench, Schwall ended the game with three shot attempts with two being on net. Senior Jacob Szabo (Worthington, OH) led the team with four shot attempts, three being on target.
In the first half, both teams found it difficult to get off any shots, as each side recorded three shots apiece. Play did get a little physical near the end of the half as each side had a player booked with a yellow card.
The beginning of the second half was much like the first with each team struggling to find an opportunity. At 57:39, Schwall entered the game, and at 57:51, he recorded the goal which gave the Panthers the lead they never relinquished.
Again, like the first half, the game became very heated at the end, only this time a member from each team received a red card, and an additional player from Lake Erie received a yellow card for fighting. ODU ended the game with four yellow cards and one red card, while the Storm were booked for two yellow cards and one red.
The Panthers will host their home opener against Mercyhurst on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ODU and Mercyhurst have met three times in the past with the series advantage going to the Panthers with a record of 2-1-0 including a 2-0 win in Erie, Pennsylvania last season. Mercyhurst is coming off a season in which they made a NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal appearance.
Contact: Tyler Jester