PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican women's soccer team finished the regular season, defeating Lake Erie 4-1 to clinch a share of the GLIAC regular season championship as well as give head coach Jonathan Meade his 200th career victory.
ODU (13-3-1, 10-1-1 GLIAC) will share the regular season GLIAC championship with Grand Valley State. However, the Panthers will be the number one seed in the GLIAC tournament next week due to owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lakers with a 1-0 win at Grand Valley.
This is the first overall GLIAC championship for ODU, while the team also has a GLIAC South Division title in 2011.
Meade, who has double digit wins in every season as the Panther head coach, recorded his 200th victory of his career and his 66th at ODU. Meade logged an impressive 134-61-7 record at Mount Vernon Nazarene in nine seasons before coming to ODU in 2009. He now holds a 66-27-16 record in his six seasons at the helm for the Panthers, a .653 winning percentage.
The Panthers have now tied the all-time school mark for most consecutive wins with eight, and sit just one match shy of tying the all-time unbeaten streak. The team also set the record for most wins by a Panther team at the NCAA Division II level with 13.
ODU received a strong offensive performance from freshman Ashley Blake (Hilliard, OH) as she scored twice, while adding one assist, recording five total points. Sophomore Kelly Johnson (Berea, OH) and senior Jordan Mazzi (Sunbury, OH) added the other two goals for the Panthers.
The Panthers got off to a fast start scoring twice in the first 27 minutes of the match. Johnson got the offense going at 26:41, followed by a goal from Blake just 18 seconds later.
The Storm (7-9-2, 3-7-2 GLIAC) added a goal just before the half to cut ODU's lead to 2-1 at the break.
Blake added her second goal of the match less than four minutes into the second half off an assist from senior Broegan Sautter (Bellville, OH). Mazzi added her 20th career goal off an assist from Blake in the 64th minute.
ODU outshot the Storm 15-6 overall, while holding a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Blake lead the Black and Gold with five shots, while Mazzi charted four total shots.
The Panthers will host their GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal match at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. ODU will welcome the eight seed, Northern Michigan. The Panthers and Wildcats met once earlier this season with ODU winning in overtime 3-2.
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