Monmouth 81st Minute Goal Downs Mountain Hawks in Season Opener
08/26/2021 | 6 p.m.
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – In an 81st-minute return leg, Monmouth scored the only goal of the game to beat the Lehigh women’s soccer team 1-0 on Friday night. The goal was the first for Monmouth against the Mountain Hawks since 2015 (spanning 530: 35 game action in the all-time series). Lehigh drew almost level, scoring three shots and two corners in the final 1:24, but Monmouth’s defense held up well.
“You could tell it was the first game for both teams,” said Lehigh head coach Eric Lambinus. “It was sporadic. It was a game of spurts. Monmouth had spurts where they were really dangerous and we had a lot of spurts and there wasn’t a lot of consistency with either team, but definitely with us. We really had some good moments but couldn’t keep up the quality we needed to win.
“We sank a goal, had a downturn, but at the very end reacted with a sprint to give us a chance. Your goalkeeper came out big.”
Monmouth counted the game’s first five shots, including one on goal in the 11th minute, which freshman Abby Trainor stopped for her first save.
Abby Trainor with her first career save! Mountain Hawks and Monmouth go goalless early.
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– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) August 20, 2021 From the 30th minute, the Mountain Hawks fired three shots (all on goal) within 2:12. Two were at the foot of Ava Schaller’s sophomore and one at the foot of Wendie Fisher, all of them came from dangerous places in the box.
“One thing I really liked is that we made substitutions, they came in and really changed the dynamics of the game,” said Lambinus. “We had a couple of chances when they came out on the field and they did the same thing in the second half. We had a few sparks that we can use. I think we’re pretty deep right now. We like our game changers from the bank.”
Monmouth hit the far post in the 43rd minute, then Lehigh responded with a chance of his own. A crisp series of passes ended with Corinne Lyght’s shot on goal, saved by Monmouth goalkeeper Rebecca Winslow. Monmouth held an 8-4 lead in the first half but Lehigh had a 4-1 lead in shots on goal.
What a big chance in the last minute of the first half in front of Corinne Lyght’s foot when the Monmouth goalkeeper stopped. Lehigh was eliminated in the first half with 8-4, but held a 4-1 cross when shots on goal.
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– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) August 20, 2021 As in the first half, Monmouth started the second half with the first four shots and six of the first seven. This is where Violette Bonvalett’s first two career savings came in her sophomore year when, like Trainor, she also made her college debut.
Lehigh responded with four straight shots, but none were in goal. Then Monmouth’s first shot landed in the net in 13:02 minutes when Lauren Karabin fired a perfectly placed free-kick to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Monmouth controlled the following minutes, which included Bonvallet’s second highlight role of the game, to keep the lead on one. The Mountain Hawks almost capitalized on having a late-night fuss that narrowly turned out to be.
Mountain Hawks are so close to handcuffing this one at the last minute.
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– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) August 21, 2021 Monmouth finished with a 17-12 cross in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. The last shots on goal were even at five. Trainor parried in the first half before Bonvallet tied for three in the second half. Lehigh’s loss to Monmouth was the first since 2013, as the Mountain Hawks have been 1-0-4 in their last five games.
“We were happy with the goalkeeper,” said Lambinus. “Both players were solid and did some really good things. They both play pretty well, so we both played and got the chance to see what we have with both of them. We are confident that both can be successful” our team . We are happy, especially that there is a new position to be filled (after the graduation of Miranda Royds). “
The Mountain Hawks return next Thursday when they travel to Drexel to face the kite. The opening start is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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