Lehigh Set for Games vs. Wagner Thursday, at Seton Hall Sunday

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – After their final game at St. John’s last Thursday, the Lehigh women’s soccer team starts a busy day with Wagner on Thursday (6 p.m.) before traveling to Seton Hall on Sunday (1 p.m.). Thursday’s competition will be broadcast on ESPN +, while Sunday broadcast is scheduled for FloFC. The Mountain Hawks are 1-3 in the season, which includes two narrow defeats with one goal and one win over reigning MAAC champion Siena.

This win over Siena was Lehigh’s first and only home competition so far. The Mountain Hawks then traveled to St. John’s to face a strong Red Storm squad. After a close start, Lehigh had the first good scoring chance of the game – two shots on goal in the 35th minute after a corner kick. Junior Julianna Bonner’s first header looked like a ticket to the far post, but St. John’s somehow kept it out. The Rote Sturm scored a goal a few moments later and led 2-0 late until two goals in the last four minutes made the 4-0 final.

Wagner is 2-2 in the season, defeating Rider (3-2) and Saint Peter’s (3-0) before falling against Manhattan (2-1) and NJIT (1-0). The Seahawks were 0-6-1 last spring and 5-10-3 in fall 2019. This season Madison Carr leads the team in goals (4) and points (8), while Mia Tessier is not far behind with five points over one goal and a team leader three assists. Erin Kelly played in goal every minute, scoring 1.25 goals against average and 68.8 hit rates.

The first meeting between Lehigh and Wagner takes place on Thursday.

Lehigh’s second Big East opponent in 11 days, Seton Hall is 3-2 in the overall standings before a Thursday competition against Iona. The Pirates started the season with wins over Lafayette (1-0), NJIT (2-0) and Delaware (1-0) before losing out to Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0 in double overtime) and Drexel (1-0) . Seton Hall finished last spring 2-9 and fall 2019 2-13-1. In 2021 Naomi Welch leads the Pirates on goals (3) and points (6) while Sophie Liston provided two assists and Emma Ramsay scored the other goal. Grace Gordon was strong on goal, stopping 19 of 21 shots and scoring 0.39 goals against average and 90.5 saves – both of which are among the best in the nation.

Seton Hall leads the all-time series with Lehigh, 3-1-1. The last meeting took place in 2012, a 2-0 victory for the pirates in Bethlehem. The last matchup at Seton Hall was a 1-1 draw the year before. The very first meeting was Lehigh’s first varsity game in program history, a 3-0 win for Lehigh on September 11, 1991.

Following this weekend, the Mountain Hawks are preparing for their Patriot League opener on Saturday, September 18 against Army West Point. The opening start is at 5 p.m.

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