Men's Soccer Gets Set to Host Lake Erie in G-MAC Quarterfinal

Photo by: Zoie Fisher
Photo by: Zoie Fisher

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After defeating Cedarville 2-1 on Tuesday to clinch the fourth seed, the Ohio Dominican men's soccer team gets set to host the No.5 seeded Lake Erie Storm on Saturday, October 27 with kickoff set for 2 p.m. at Panther Stadium.

Tickets will be $7 at the gate with children under five years old along with students from Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie earning free admission. All college students must have a valid student ID to enter.

About Ohio Dominican

ODU (8-8-1, 7-6-1 G-MAC) comes into the contest winners in two of their last three games with wins over Kentucky Wesleyan and Cedarville and a loss at Trevecca. 

ODU finished the regular season second in total shots taken with 284 and fifth in goals with 30. The ODU offense was also sixth in points with 80. Defensively, the Panthers were seventh in the conference giving up 1.65 goals per game.

Senior Jonathan Barnes (Winter Haven, Fla.) leads the Panthers offensively with eight goals on the year which puts him in a tie for eighth in the conference. Barne is also tied for the league lead in game-winners with four.

Fellow senior Ryan Kasprzak (Hilliard, Ohio) has six goals on the season. In the last eight games, Barnes and Kasprzak each have four goals apiece. 

Freshman Tyler Arnold (Westerville, Ohio) leads the Panther midfielders with three goals and three assists on the season where he is second on the squad with 17 shots on goal.

Sophomore Jaxson Szabo (Worthington, Ohio) has played a crucial role in the Panther offense of late as he scored a pair of goals in the KWC matchup last Thursday and has three goals with an assist on the year.

Szabo and junior Demarco Andrews (Kingston, Jamaica) lead the Panther backline as they are part of a group that has allowed just three goals the last three games.

In goal, senior Alec Mathew (Pataskala, Ohio) and sophomore Ian Crook (Cincinnati, Ohio) have combined for three shutouts. Mathew has played in 12 games allowing 22 goals with 38 saves while Crook has played in three games allowing one goal with five saves.

About Lake Erie

Lake Erie (8-5-4, 6-5-3 G-MAC) enters the contest as the fifth seed after knocking off Walsh 3-1 on Tuesday.  

The Storm finished the regular season third in the G-MAC with 1.94 goals per game. Defensively, the Storm were fourth in the conference giving up 1.38 per game. 

Miguel Espinosa leads the Storm offense as he leads the conference in points with 24 and goals with 11. Leading the Strom defense is Tom John who has 59 saves while allowing 21 goals on the season. 

Earlier in the year, the Storm defeated the Panthrs by a final score of 3-2 in Panther Stadium.

Scouting the G-MAC Tournament Field

Tiffin comes into the tournament as the top seed and earns a bye along with the right to host the semifinals and finals. The Panthers defeated the Dragons by a final score of 3-2 in double overtime earlier this year at Panther Stadium.

The other bye goes to the No. 2 seeded Cedarville Yellow Jackets team who the Panthers split with this season. Each team won as the road contestant with ODU defeating the Jackets on Tuesday.

With a win, ODU will play the host Tiffin on Thursday at Paradiso Soccer Field. 

In the No.3-No.6 matchup, Ohio Valley plays host to Alderson Broaddus. The winner of this contest plays Cedarville at Tiffin. In the only contest with Ohio Valley this season, ODU lost 3-0 and tied Alderson Broaddus 1-1.