PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Three first half goals powered Ohio Dominican's men's soccer team to its third-straight win with a 3-2 victory over Lake Erie on Thursday afternoon in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference match.
ODU held Lake Erie to zero shots in the first half and six for the match. Ohio Dominican held a decisive, 9-4 advantage in shots on goal over the Storm in its second win over LEC in 2017.
The Panthers (5-8, 4-7 G-MAC) have won three-straight contests to mark their longest win streak since 2015 and in the last 290 minutes of soccer, ODU is outscoring its opponents 8-2.
Leading the way for Ohio Dominican was junior Jonathan Barnes (Winter Haven, Florida), who scored his sixth goal of the season and notched an assist in the win. Freshmen Jaxson Szabo (Worthington, Ohio) and Foster Martin (Kings Mills, Ohio) each scored one goal. Junior Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, Ohio) and freshman Ross Baumer (Hilliard, Ohio) recorded assists for ODU.
Freshman keeper Ian Crook (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched his third-straight win after earning Great Midwest defensive player of the week honors following last week's shutout performances over Malone and Walsh.
Barnes began the scoring for the Panthers in the 11th minute when a pass from Kasprzak reached him on the right side of the box. Barnes beat Lake Erie keeper Tom John to give Ohio Dominican an early 1-0 lead.
Szabo scored his fourth goal of the year in the 20th minute with a shot from 20 yards out that went over John's hands into the goal, increasing the Ohio Dominican advantage to 2-0.
Martin gave ODU a commanding 3-0 lead in the 40th minute with a header on an assist from Barnes, putting Lake Erie in a 3-0, first-half hole.
Lake Erie notched two goals in the second half to cut its deficit to 3-2, but ODU's first half scoring was enough to preserve the victory for the Panthers.
Ohio Dominican returns to Panther Stadium next week for its final home matches of the year against Kentucky Wesleyan and Trevecca Nazarene.
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