(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – A second half explosion propelled Walsh to a dominating 5-0 victory over Lake Erie in the G-MAC opener for both teams on a hot Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (2-0) peppered the Storm (1-1) with 12 shots and found the back of the net four times in the final 45 to secure the win.
The offense was well balanced as five different players provided the goals. Natalie Dignan was the first to light up the scoreboard as she went to the upper right 90 for a goal in the 41st minute to put the Maroon and Gold up just before the half.
It didn't take long to build upon that lead as Olivia Peters connected with Brianna Sanborn on a corner kick to make the score 2-0 just after the start of the second half. Peters kicked from the right corner and found Sanborn waiting on the back post where she promptly headed it in during the 53rd minute.
The defense was just as good as it recorded its second shutout to start the season. For goalkeeper Mickey McClanahan, it was her ninth complete game clean sheet. Dating back to the 2016 campaign, it was the Cavaliers' 22nd shutout in their past 39 games. Walsh shutout opponents in 12 of 19 games last season.
McClanahan made stops on all three shots on goal provided by the Storm. The back line helped limit opportunities by the Storm who could only muster seven shots with five coming in the second half. Meanwhile Walsh made 19 attempts during the game.
The Cavs will return home and play in their home opener this Thursday against Cedarville. Kickoff with the Yellow Jackets is slated for 7:30 p.m.