Luchini’s spectacular flying header seals Lehigh’s 1-1 draw at FDU
09/18/2021 | 19:30 o’clock
TEANECK, NJ – After dropping their first four decisions to kick off the 2021 season, the Lehigh men’s soccer team ended their losing streak and drew 1-1 in double overtime against Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night. With the draw, the Mountain Hawks (0-4-1) go into the Patriot League and play against Loyola Maryland on Saturday evening with a little momentum after three goals in two games.
The Knights scored their first goal early in the second minute after a dead ball goal from Kevin Leonard, giving FDU a 1-0 lead.
“Aside from the first minute and a half when we gave up that early goal, we played really good football for the other 88 minutes,” said Dean Koski, Ingrassia Family men’s head coach. “We were really organized defensively and I thought we had our best performances from Noah (Sutherland), Dawson (Berger), from Euan (Forrest), from Hassane (Diakho).
“I thought it was our best performance of the season so far. We played the way we wanted to play on both sides of the ball. This was the first game I left the field and said everyone played.” how they should play. It’s refreshing and encouraging that we took a step forward today. “
Lehigh went on the offensive from early deficit and missed five chances in a row, including a shot from Hassane Diakho in the 15th minute. The Mountain Hawks added two more, making seven straight chances on two straight chances from Josh Luchini before senior goalkeeper Noah Sutherland made his first save of the competition in the 27th minute.
The Mountain Hawks led the Knights in shots, 7-4 by the end of the first third, despite a deficit by one goal.
The FDU played a very offensive second half at the beginning, but without success when Josh Luchini in the 63 ball from midfield by Euan Forrest.
The goal, Luchini’s second in as many games, gives the senior striker 22 for his career and a total of 52 points over four seasons.
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– Lehigh Men’s Soccer (@LehighMSoccer) September 15, 2021 “Euan played a great ball way over the top, Jack Sarkos did it and played a perfect cross that could have been played and Josh did a great job as he came in the far post and headed a great header, “said Koski.” It was as good a piece as you could imagine and we didn’t design it, they designed it.
“But it was a better goal than it has been for a long time.”
Although Lehigh missed four shots after Luchini’s goal in the second half, FDU shot down about 10 in the final 28 minutes without finding the goal.
The Knights controlled possession in the first overtime, but Sutherland made two saves to force a final 10-minute break.
Luchini had blocked a shot from the bottom left in the 105th minute to give the Mountain Hawks victory, and Jack Sarkos missed on the left in the 106th minute when the buzzer sounded and the two teams agreed on the 1-1 draw .
FDU shot Lehigh 23-14 that evening with 10 shots on goal at the four of the Mountain Hawks. Sutherland made nine saves in his career and despite a very early goal, he was near perfect the rest of the way, helping to snap up Lehigh’s lost skid.
Luchini led with a total of seven shots, including three on goal, while Trevor Koski and Dominic Flowers each scored two.
Lehigh begins the Patriot League game on Saturday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex against Loyola Maryland. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN +.
“I think we’re going in a good direction as we get closer to the league game,” said Koski. “We’re certainly never happy with results that don’t go in our direction, but I look at it from a team and growth perspective. We have to get better from game to game and I think the last few games have shown us.” some improvement.
“The players are getting closer to the brand of football we want to play in the future and we know that Loyola is one of the best teams at our conference year after year. So yes, it will be a challenge for us. We just have to make sure that we would do our best on Saturday because we knew they would do their best. “
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