TIFFIN, OHIO - The Northwood University men's soccer team advances to the GLIAC Championship game with a 2-0 win over Lake Erie in the opening round of the 2014 GLIAC Tournament, hosted by Tiffin University, on Friday morning (November 7).
NU came out on top in the first meeting between these two teams this season back on October 3 with a 1-0 win. Lake Erie evened the score with a 1-0 win in Ohio on October 19. This will be the third meeting between these two teams this season.
As was the case in the first two meetings, today's match went into halftime scoreless. The Storm out-shot the Timberwolves 5-4 in the opening period, while Northwood was the only team to take a corner kick.
Northwood's offense stepped up big time in the second half, putting the second shot of the half into the back of the net at 53:17. After nearly scoring a goal a minute earlier, junior Keaton Levock (Clinton Twp., Mich. / Chippewa Valley) finished with a header to the far post on a cross served to the far side of the net by Adam Thomas (High Wycombe, England / John Hampden). NU continued with the pressure and capitalized on their fourth corner kick of the match at 80:15 with a header by freshman James Vaughan (Bexhill, England) to put the match away.
For the match, the Timberwolves held the advantage in shots (12-8) and corner kicks (4-3). Northwood's keeper Johannes Sterobo (Odense, Denmark / Tornbjerg) earned his eighth shutout of the season with five saves. Levock finished with a goal on five shots, while Vaughan had a goal on two shots. Thomas recorded a shot and an assist, Jack Smith (Milnthorpe, England) added an assist and Dalton Amez (Macomb, Mich. / Chippewa Valley) registered three shots with one on goal for the match.
With today's results, the Timberwolves will face fourth seeded Saginaw Valley in the GLIAC Championship game on Sunday (November 9) at 1 p.m. The Tournament is being played in Tiffin, Ohio.