BAY CITY, Mich. - Northwood University senior forward Keith Lough (Edinburgh, Scotland) earned GLIAC Men's Soccer "Athlete of the Week" honors after posting a hat trick and helping the Timberwolves secure a spot in the GLIAC Tournament last weekend.
GLIAC Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week:
Keith Lough - Northwood
Senior forward Keith Lough netted his second career hat trick in Northwood’s 5-1 win over Findlay. All three of his goals came in the second half, leading Northwood to a key GLIAC victory. He now has a team-high eight goals on the season. Lough has been one of the GLIAC’s top offensive weapons this season, ranking first in shots (59) and shots per game (4.54), while ranking second in the league in points (19), points per game (1.46), goals (8) and goals per game (0.62).
GLIAC Men’s Soccer Weekly Honor
Roll: Kenny Hewitt - AU, Randy Danso - LE, Casey
Weddle - OD, Connor Raeume - SV.
2011 GLIAC Men’s
Soccer Athletes of the Week: (9/6) Ashton Campbell - TU;
(9/13) Jeremy Ashley - TU; (9/19) Keith Lough - NU; (9/26) Vinnie
Vasilevski - NU; (10/5) Ryan Johnstone - TU; (10/10) Colby Catlett
- OD; (10/17) Justin Nolan - AU; (10/24) Keith Lough - NU.
The Eagles were 2-0 last week to
extend their season-high unbeaten streak to four games. AU has
climbed back into the chase for a spot in the GLIAC Tournament. The
Eagles need a pair of road wins at Tiffin and Findlay this week to
have a chance to chase down Lake Erie and Tiffin for the final spot
in the tournament. The Eagles beat front-running Ohio Dominican,
2-1, last Thursday. AU took a 2-0 lead in the first half in the
midst of blowing rain and wind and held on for the 2-1 win. Jamie
Dollar scored twice for AU and Kenny Hewitt had the assist on the
second of those goals. The Eagles beat Urbana, 3-2 in overtime, on
the road on Sunday. Danny Lusheck scored the game’s opening
goal before the Blue Knights took a 2-1 lead in the second half.
The Eagles equalized when Hewitt’s corner kick in the 74th
minute fell over the goal line. The 2-2 score carried into
overtime. In the 97th minute, the Eagles drew a foul in the penalty
area and Hewitt converted the penalty kick for the game-winner.
Hewitt leads the Eagles with five goals and four assists this
season and is second on AU’s all-time assists list with
The Oilers dropped a pair of
contests in Michigan last weekend, falling to Northwood on
Thursday, 5-1, then losing at Saginaw Valley State, 5-0... The
Oilers only goal came in the 71st minute against Northwood when
freshman Cullen Baron scored off a deflection from ten yards out...
Findlay maganged only two shots in goal in the SVSU match... The
losses drop the Oilers’ overall record to 3-11-1 on the
season with a 1-8-1 mark in GLIAC play... Findlay will play Lake
Erie at home in their next match on Friday, Oct. 28.
Lake Erie Storm
Lake Erie went 1-1 on the week,
picking up a big 4-0 win over Salem International University Friday
and falling a goal short of Ohio Dominican on Sunday. Junior
Ajok Abiar (Bor, Republic of Southern Sudan./Gateway (Colo.)) had
his first career two-goal match and classmate Randy Danso (Toronto,
Canada/North Count Community College) matched him. Senior
Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) and freshman
Sam Etherton (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) combined for the shutout in
goal. Against ODU Sunday, Lake Erie led 1-0 at half after
sophomore Danny Eborall (Sheffield, England/Averett University
score his sixth goal of the season after an assist from junior Jake
Shelton(Newburg, Md./Webber International University). Danso
scored his third goal of the week and sixth of the season late in
the loss. Entering the final week of the regular season, Lake
Erie currently sits in fourth place in the conference, with a
two-point lead over Tiffin for the final playoff spot. The
Storm play the Dragons in the season finale Sunday and face Findlay
on Friday evening.
Northwood went 1-0-1 last week,
downing Findlay 5-1 before playing Tiffin to a 1-1 draw … NU
is now 7-3-3 overall, 5-3-3 in the GLIAC … the tie against
the Oilers eliminated NU from a chance to win the GLIAC
Championship and host the GLIAC Tournament – wins over
Findlay and SVSU in their final two games would have given the
Timberwolves the title and No. 1 seed … senior Keith Lough
(Edinburgh, Scotland) had his second career hat trick in the win
over Findlay … he now has a team-high eight goals on the
season … all six goals scored in the Findlay game were
netted in the second half … Northwood is currently ranked
No. 5 in the latest Midwest regional rankings – the top four
teams in each region make the tournament … Northwood will
host second-ranked Saginaw Valley State Thursday (October 25)
before heading to Notre Dame (Ohio) Saturday.
Ohio Dominican Panthers
ODU closed the conference portion
of its regular season schedule with a 1-1-0 record this past week
as the Panthers fell at Ashland 2-1 on a wintry Thursday evening,
before taking down Lake Erie 3-2 at home on Sunday afternoon to
secure the No. 2 seed in the GLIAC Tournament. Faced with their
largest halftime deficit of the year on Thursday as the Eagles
scored off a pair of corners, ODU put forth a valiant effort down
the stretch as junior Casey Weddle (Cincinnati, OH) scored off a
30-yard free kick in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough as AU
spoiled the Panthers title hopes. Needing a win against the Storm
to ensure a postseason bid, ODU juniors Weddle, Colby Catlett
(Hilliard, OH) and Justin Wheeler (Gahanna, OH) tallied three goals
in a 16-minute stretch of the second half and hung on in the
closing minutes for the 3-2 result. Catlett currently leads the
GLIAC in both goals (9) and points (20), while Wheeler’s
third score of the season and third game-winner moved him into a
tie for first atop the conference. The Panthers have a quick
turnaround as they are back home this Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
for the first of three non-conference games to close the regular
season, beginning with former AMC foe, Urbana.
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
The No. 22 Saginaw Valley State
University men’s soccer team swept the weekend defeating both
Tiffin and Findlay. The Cardinals defeated Tiffin University 2-0 on
Thursday (Oct. 20). The goals came from Tyler Channell and Conor
Reaume. Saginaw Valley defeated Findlay 5-0 on two Lachlan Savage
goals, and a goal apiece from Zach Walega, Tyler Channell and Conor
Reaume. The Cardinals improve to 11-2-3 overall on the season, and
7-2-2 in the GLIAC. Saginaw Valley will be back in action on
Thursday (Oct. 27) when they travel to Northwood University and
Saturday (Oct. 29) when they return home for their final regular
season game against Malone.
Tiffin University allowed goals in each half, eventually falling to Saginaw Valley State 2-0 in a key GLIAC matchup. Jeremy Ashley took the loss in goal, making 9 saves in 90 minutes…Tiffin University battled Northwood to a 1-1 double overtime tie. After a scoreless first half, the Dragons took the lead in the 67th minute when Qendrim Rexhepi took a pass from Pierre De Pauw and knocked it home. Ashley finished with 7 saves over 110 minutes...Ashley continues to lead the GLIAC in GAA, shutouts, and saves, while Ashton Campbell leads the conference in goals per game and points per game despite battling injuries throughout the season.