Mountain Hawks and Leopards Set to Square Off Wednesday Night in Easton
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – After an exciting 3-3 draw with Army West Point in the Patriot League opening game, the Lehigh women’s soccer team will meet on Wednesday to take on rival Lafayette. The kick-off in Easton is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Mountain Hawks remain undefeated at home this season as they claim their first road win in major league competition on Wednesday.
Lehigh quickly took a 2-0 lead against the Black Knights on Saturday, scoring goals from Junior Ryelle Shuey at 6:11 am and Ava Schaller at 9:08 am. That result stood up to the 70:04 mark when the army advanced 2-1. That started a flood of four gates (three from the Army) within 6:04 a.m. After the Black Knights had a two-way tie, junior Julianna Bonner scored her third goal in the last two home games after a nice header into the corner. Less than a minute later, however, the Army pulled evenly again, which was the final.
Lehigh’s three goals were the most against Army since 2004, while Army’s three were the most in the series since 2003.
The Mountain Hawks stand 2-4-1 in total. Schaller leads the team in goals (3, draw), assists (3) and points (3). Bonner is right behind with three goals and a template for seven points. Senior Erin Keefe continues to anchor the defense; She made two team saves on Saturday, along with a large blocked shot in the final minutes of double overtime, to earn the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award. Freshman Abby Trainor started in goal on Saturday and made seven stops. She has 1.55 goals against average and 72.2 savings percentages for the season.
Lafayette is 2-5 in the young season, 0-1 in the Patriot League. The leopards’ victories went to Saint Peter’s (2-1) and NJIT (1-0) before they were canceled for the last time at Boston University (2-1). Melissa Lamanna scored her leading third goal of the season in the 13th minute, giving Lafayette a 1-0 lead, but the Terriers responded with goals in the 79th and 89th minutes. Lamanna’s six points lead the Leopards, while Katie Butler has four through one goal and two assists in the team lead. Two goalkeepers saw the time, led by Natalie Neumann, who scored 1.33 goals against the average and 70.0 savings rates in 405 minutes.
Lehigh leads the all-time series with Lafayette, 19-9-2. Last season, the teams did not play for the first time in program history. They were supposed to end the regular season, but the schedule was adjusted and the Mountain Hawks turned out a game with Loyola instead. The last time they met, the Leopards won 2-0 at Lafayette. Previously, Lehigh had won twice in a row – 4-1 in 2018 and 2-0 in 2017. Lehigh won the very first meeting between the two teams, 2-1 in 1991.
After Wednesday’s game, the Mountain Hawks host on ESPN + Holy Cross on Sunday at 1pm.
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