Lehigh Marks Return to Field with 1-0 Win over American
at Army West Point
03/12/2021 | 19 o’clock
BETHLEHEM, PA. – Before Saturday, the previous Lehigh women’s game on November 1, 2019 took place on the lawn of the Ulrich Sports Complex, a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat against the Americans. Almost 500 days later (491 to be precise) on Ulrich’s turf field, the Mountain Hawks flipped the script and marked their return to the field with a 1-0 win over the Eagles. Junior Bridget Casey only played her second game in 28 months, scoring the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute, which made all the difference.
“It was really exciting to come out of a game,” said Lehigh head coach Eric Lambinus. “There were good and bad moments that you would expect with so much free time. But I thought we settled down; the last 15 minutes were probably the best minutes we played. We pushed, we had some chances and I thought we put them on the defensive pretty well. I was impressed with American and overall I was happy with the result. “
Casey only played one game in 2019 before missing the rest of the season due to injury. In the 53rd minute, she picked up a pass from sophomore Mattie Murphy near the sideline and fired the ball at goal from a distance. It ended perfectly over the head of American goalkeeper Ryleigh Brown and on the left side of the net.
Take a look at our only goal of the game in today’s 1-0 win over American at the foot of Bridget Casey! # PLTop3 # SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/yJgYzGIW3F
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“I can’t say enough about Bridget about being pulled out of an ACL by a pandemic and she was the best player on the field,” said Lambinus. “I was super impressed with everything, including her positive energy and everything she brings with her. She was really great for us and it was comforting to have her back on the team.”
The game saw only 12 combined shots and only six shots on goal. The only shot on goal in the first half in the 10th minute at the foot of junior Rebecca Van Siclen.
There were five combined shots in the net in the second half. After Casey’s goal, senior Miranda Royds saved for the first time in the 56th minute and a second time a little over three minutes later.
From that point on, Lehigh didn’t allow a single shot through the final of the game at 31:09 when the Mountain Hawks grabbed the season opening win.
The last shots went 7-5 in favor of Lehigh, while the Mountain Hawks had a 6-2 lead at corners. Royds made two saves for her 10th career shutout against Brown, which reached three.
Lehigh will be back in action next Friday (March 12) when he heads to Army West Point for a 7 p.m. showdown.
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