Mountain Hawks Open Up League Play at Army on Friday

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s soccer team begins Patriot League play Friday when the Mountain Hawks travel to West Point, NY to face Army West Point. Kickoff is set for 6 pm with coverage on ESPN+.

Despite a slow start to the season, the Mountain Hawks (2-3-1) have picked up the pace after winning their last two games. Lehigh first took down Siena 2-1 on the road last Thursday and then followed up with a 1-0 shutout of St. John’s Sunday at home.

After a successful week on the field, two players were recognized with Patriot League weekly awards. Fifth-year Erin Keefe was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, leading a back line that allowed St. John’s only four shots on goal during 90 minutes. Keefe finished off the game by scoring her first career goal in the 90th minute, securing the win for the Mountain Hawks.

First-year Sophia Lis earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after scoring her first career goal against Siena, giving the Mountain Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Later in the second half, sophomore Corinne Lyght scored the game winning goal for Lehigh, earning her a Patriot League honorable mention.

Army West Point enters league play at 2-3-4 on the season. The Black Knights tied Iona 1-1 on Wednesday. Senior midfielder Dara Murray currently leads the Black Knights offensive campaign, already tallying four goals and nine total points for the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Sage Strawman currently has 26 saves on the year.

Last year’s matchup against Army West Point ended in a 3-3 tie. Lehigh’s three goals were the most that the Mountain Hawks have scored against the Black Knights in a single game since 2004. Army leads the series 20-8-6 and is unbeaten in the last four meetings. Lehigh’s last win came by a 2-0 score at West Point in 2017.

Next week, the Mountain Hawks will return home to host the rivalry against Lafayette on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The game is scheduled for a 7 pm kickoff and is presented by Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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Story by Mariangela Ruggeri ’22

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