Mountain Hawks host UMBC in mid-week tilt
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The Lehigh men’s soccer team continues their homestand Tuesday night, hosting UMBC at 7 p.m. from the Ulrich Sports Complex for the second straight home competition. The Mountain Hawks (0-5-1, 0-1-0 PL) lost 2-1 to Loyola Maryland on Saturday night to start the Patriot League game plan. Tuesday night’s matchup with the Bulldogs will be streamed live on ESPN +.
Lehigh scored their first goal against the greyhounds on Saturday, a third-minute goal from Dominic Flowers that put the team 1-0 ahead. Loyola equalized with a penalty on 17th minute and then took the lead in the 53rd minute with a goal from Kelan Swales as she held the win.
The Mountain Hawks defeated Loyola 22-9, including 15-4 in the second half, while also taking 10 corner kicks while the Greyhounds fouled 21 times. Despite seven shots in the final four minutes of the second half, Lehigh remained without a goal in the final 87 minutes of the game.
Flowers, who scored the goal, recorded four shots at team height, including two on target. Trevor Koski, Josh Luchini, and Michael Tahiru each had three shots, while Euan Forrest and Perry Kingson had a pair.
In six games at the start of the season, Luchini continues to lead with two goals, while Forrest provides two assists. Luchini’s 18 shots and seven shots on goal are by far the team’s best mark.
Senior Noah Sutherland was the starter in goal for the Mountain Hawks, making two saves with eight shots. He’s scored a goal in four starts for Lehigh this season against an average of 1.42, a total of 19 saves with a record of 0-3-1.
The Mountain Hawks are still looking for their first win of the 2021 season, the longest streak since starting 0-7 in 2012.
UMBC go into Tuesday’s matchup with Lehigh 4-2-1, coming over Hartford and Mount St. Mary’s in a row. It has won four of its last five matchups with a loss at LIU on September 11th. The Retrievers opened the season with a 2-2 draw against Patriot League enemy Navy on August 26th.
Ryan Becher was phenomenal for UMBC early in the season, scoring five goals in seven games with two assists for 12 points. Taylor Calheira has four goals and four assists while Julian Conze has scored three goals and four assists so far. As a team, the Retrievers have scored a total of 16 goals and 16 assists in seven games, averaging 2.29 goals per game.
In goal, two goalkeepers shared seven games, with Jailon Gillespie leading the way with a GAA of 1.31 and eight saves in three starts. Quantrell Jones has a 2.08 GAA with 13 saves in four starts for UMBC.
Tuesday marks the fifth matchup between Lehigh and UMBC, the first meeting since 2007. The all-time series is a draw, 2-2. The Mountain Hawks won 3-0 at home on September 19, 2007. Lehigh has won twice in a row against the Retrievers after not losing on the road since October 30, 1991, a season before the Dean-Koski started Era in Bethlehem.
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