Mountain Hawks shut out by Vermont in home opener
03.09.2021 | 19 o’clock
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – A large crowd graced the stands of the Ulrich Sports Complex Sunday afternoon, but the Men of Lehigh football team fell 3-0 to Vermont.
With the defeat, the Mountain Hawks drop the first two competitions at the start of the 2021 season.
“Vermont are a good team,” said Dean Koski, head coach for the Ingrassia Family men. “But we did it better today because we played badly defensively. I didn’t think our defensive engagement was good and that’s why I’m a little worried.”
“We gave up three goals and one on a restart. We just have to be tougher and we weren’t. We as coaching staff have to visit that again and see what parts we are missing and how we can fill them.” These gaps. At the moment, our performances in the last two games show that we are a little beaten up. There’s more to us as a team and we’ll find out, but those first two games were good for us because it’s uncovering some of the areas where we need to get better. “
The Mountain Hawks almost stopped play in the third minute when Euan Forrest shot a free kick off the top of the bar and almost into the back of the net. For the junior defender, it was one of three total shots that day.
After his first shot on goal was blocked in the 12th minute by Blake Koski, Vermont scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute, a corner kick from the head of Garrett Lillie to the score.
Lehigh had missed four consecutive shots in the last seven minutes, with two shots on goal from Forrest and two saved shots from newcomer Perry Kingson.
The Catamounts scored twice in the competition, once in the 55th minute and once in the 60th minute to get away with the 3-0 shutout victory.
Vermont was aggressive from the start, a key to the clean sheet as the team took the lead with fouls, 14-9 and cards with seven, including a second yellow-red card for Jared Leheta in the 87th minute.
Shots were 14-8 in favor of the Catamounts, while they also led in shots on goal (5: 3), saves (3: 2) and corners (7-4).
Forrest and Kingson had three shots each that afternoon, a total of six of Lehigh’s eight shots. Seniors Valentine Perevalov and Michael Tahiru each counted one out.
The Mountain Hawks are attempting a two-game losing streak on the road at Pitt, ranked No. 3 in the country over United Soccer Coaches. The game will be a rematch of the first round of the 2019 NCAA tournament as the Panthers claim the 2-0 victory.
“I think it will be a challenge for us to play on the streets,” said Koski. “But we’re building our schedule to be challenged in the first half. We want our nine league opponents to be the best we can get and we’re excited to play against one of the best teams in the country.”
“We can’t look at rankings, we just have to go out and play a really good team and do our best to have a chance.”
The competition will begin at 7:00 pm from Ambrose-Urbanic Field and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra via the ESPN + ($) service.
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