Drexel’s Quick Response Downs Mountain Hawks, 2-1
08/29/2021 | 3 pm
PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore Ava Schaller scored her first career goal in the 37th minute to even pull the Lehigh women’s soccer team into Drexel, but the Dragons responded less than a minute later with a corner kick against the Mountain Hawks, 2-1 on Thursday evening. The first half offered the most good scoring chances of the game and all three goals as the half-time score turned out to be the final score. With his second defeat with a goal, Lehigh drops to 2-0 ahead of his home game against Siena on Sunday.
“I think they just passed us today,” said Lehigh head coach Eric Lambinus. “They won more first balls, they won more second balls. However, the two goals we gave up were completely unacceptable. A goal that was a miscommunication with our defense and our goalkeeper; we just gave them one Then we “conceded a goal a minute after our first goal. As good as I don’t think we played really well, we gave ourselves the chance to win, but the two goals were unacceptable. “
Drexel quickly took a 1-0 lead after just 5:11 playing time as a misunderstanding led the Dragons to convert their first shot into a goal. Drexel counted the net three shots until the Mountain Hawks almost equalized. After a corner kick by the Dragons in the 16th minute, Lehigh quickly went in the other direction on the counterattack. The end result was Corrine Lyght shooting towards the net, but Drexel goalkeeper Miyuki Schoyen spectacularly parried the Mountain Hawks rookie.
In the 32nd minute, Lehigh had another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when Junior Ryelle Shuey fired a missile with a free kick from long range. The shot hit Schoyen, but hit the crossbar and stayed out.
The Mountain Hawks were undisputed in the 37th minute, however, when Lyght forced a rally, made a movement towards the goal and fired a left-footed shot. Schoyen parried, but the ball hit Wendie Fisher in his sophomore year, whose follow-up attempt only hit the post. Schaller was there to bring home the rebound for her first college goal, however.
Ava Schaller scores her first career goal and crowns an enormous team performance! pic.twitter.com/OCzxVshz0f
– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) August 27, 2021
The momentum was short-lived, because Drexel only needed 45 seconds to take a corner kick to make it 2-1 at 37:27.
In the second half the shots were 8-4 in favor of Drexel, while the shots on goal were 4-2, but the Mountain Hawks couldn’t generate as many good scoring opportunities as in the first half. Lehigh’s shots on goal came from Fisher in the 53rd minute and the second Alex Odle in the 67th minute. A shot by Emma Roesing in the 72nd minute was the Mountain Hawks’ last attempt.
Drexel finished with an 18-10 cross in shots and a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Abby Trainor played the first half and made a save before Violette Bonvalett had four stops in year two.
“In the second part of the first half I thought we were really good and I thought we could take that momentum with us, but to give the goal right after that was really a disappointment,” said Lambinus.
The Mountain Hawks are now turning to their home opener against reigning MAAC champion Siena. The game time is set at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN +.
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