Lehigh Completes Camp Portion Of Preseason With Sunday Scrimmage
08/22/2021 5:51 p.m.
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Lehigh soccer team avoided the heavy rains and held their second and final preseason camp on Sunday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. With the fall semester beginning on Monday, the Mountain Hawks took advantage of another opportunity to compete in a scrimmage setting with officials and pumping the noise of the crowd, as the season opener is now less than two weeks away.
“The forecast didn’t look good, but the rain lasted and we did a great job,” said Lehigh head coach Tom Gilmore. “I wouldn’t have minded seeing a bit of rain because we didn’t have much during the entire camp. You always want to have a few rainy days because you know you could play a game or two in bad weather. I won’t get that much rain so we probably had a little more work than we initially expected. “
While the Mountain Hawks didn’t have to deal with the forecasted rain, they contented themselves with additional crowd noise as Lehigh worked on communications while trying to simulate matchday situations.
“It’s good to create a few distractions and simulate the real feel of the game because game day communication is very different from practice,” said Gilmore. “Mass noise is part of it. We just wanted to make sure we simulate the atmosphere of the matchday as well as possible and make sure that the communication between coaches and players works well both on and off the field. I think we succeeded.” with the environment we have created today. “
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– Lehigh Football (@LehighFootball) August 22, 2021 Sunday’s scrimmage got off to a good start for the offense, which moved the ball across the field with contributions from the running game and the passing game. The opening drive of the scrimmage was crowned by a touchdown pass from junior cross Wilkinson to senior tight end Alex Snyder in the far right corner of the end zone.
“We’ve gotten consistently better,” said Gilmore of the offensive. “Back to last spring, we started in some positions at a lower level of experience and had some injuries. The experience some guys have gained in these spring games and now at camp is starting to show. Our offensive has become increasingly ‘in the past two weeks of the camp got better. We’re playing some great games. We move the ball much better. It looks a lot more like a typical Lehigh offensive against a very good Lehigh defense. It is good to be able to move the ball and control the line of scrimmage when we need it and put points on the board. “
The Lehigh defense responded to the quick start of the offense and held out for the remainder of the scrimmage, putting pressure on the backcourt and showing active hands in the secondary game.
“We started a bit slow defensively today,” said Gilmore. “The offense certainly made a few games. We had some really good individual performances on the offensive today. Some really good runs and some really good throws and catches. That will produce some great games despite sometimes really good defense. We need a few things to tighten at the start of the scrimmage but as the scrimmage went on the defense picked it up and fared much better overall. We had some good attacking games but the defense kept them out of the end zone for most of the rest of the day. “
With the fall semester starting on Monday, Lehigh is in the unusual position of practicing a full week of class before getting into his traditional weekly game routine.
“It’s going to feel almost like game week but it isn’t and I’m glad it isn’t because we still have a lot to do,” said Gilmore. “It’s a combination of game week and third week of camp. We will continue to work on certain situations and focus on a few things each day and try to improve our performance in those areas. Hopefully by the end of this week and as we get into game week , we put everything together and work on the overall package every day. “
The scrimmage on Sunday was followed by the annual Alumni Steak Fry at Goodman Stadium.
The Mountain Hawks open the 2021 season against No. 15/16 Villanova on Saturday 4th September at 12 noon at Goodman Stadium. Tickets for this game and all Lehigh home football games can be purchased at LehighTickets.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME during business hours.
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