Scoreless Tie vs. Loyola Sends Greyhounds to Patriot League Tournament
BETHLEHEM, PA. – The Lehigh womens soccer team beat Loyola 20-3 at halftime, including a number of glittering chances, but the Mountain Hawks failed to score a goalless draw at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Friday night. The tie sends Loyola to the Patriot League tournament as number 2 in the South Division. The Mountain Hawks end the 2021 spring season with a 1-2-3 record, 1-1-2 in the south.
“I’m leaving this field and I think we’re one of the best teams in the league,” said Lehigh head coach Eric Lambinus. “I know we are not in the postseason – I understand – but I have no doubt that we could win a championship. We ask the team to work continuously and get better and better during that time, and I thought Today Evening was the best game we played all year. I think it was one of the better games we played in two years. But football is exactly that game. “
Early on, the Mountain Hawks might have had the best chance of the night. Senior Grace Forsyth’s header from a centering feed appeared to be a ticket to the back of the net, but Loyola defender Lois Edwards made sure the team saved. The ricochet went to Forsyth, who fired a ricochet, but Edwards was back to make the stop.
Grace Forsyth had a big chance early on, but the Loyola defense had a big stall. pic.twitter.com/01VbqVdg4X
– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) April 10, 2021 In the end, Lehigh scored six corners against Loyola in the first half, but the shots came out 6-6, with each goalkeeper making three saves.
The Mountain Hawks took over after half-time and knocked out the greyhounds 13-2 in the second half. Sophomore Julianna Bonner shot five shots in the second half, two of them on goal. One came in the 71st minute when sophomore Ryelle Shuey steered the ball back into the box, but Loyola goalkeeper Paige Sim came out strong for the aggressive stop.
One of the many dangerous chances for the Mountain Hawks tonight came from Julianna Bonner in the 71st minute. pic.twitter.com/DuQT7u4lXE
– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) April 10, 2021 Senior Miranda Royds’ only save in the second half was a beauty who scored three corners in a row in the 82nd minute after a corner from Loyola.
Miranda Royds wasn’t tested too much today, but when she was she got BIG high, including that stop late in the second half. pic.twitter.com/fcRDYkVH0g
– Lehigh W. Soccer (@LehighWSoccer) April 10, 2021 The Mountain Hawks fired seven shots in the two overtime hours, but only two on goal when the game ended goalless.
The last shots went 26: 9 in favor of Lehigh, while the Mountain Hawks had an 8: 3 advantage at corners. Royds finished with five saves against Sim, who made eight.
“Our seniors were great tonight,” said Lambinus. “We had great energy throughout. Everyone who stepped on the field gave us something. We were better today than in our first game. At some point we will fight for a championship. I really think we can do that. I think we can . ” We are a top-class team. We have a lot of depth. We have some players who haven’t played that much and who can play too. I’m proud of her. “
The Mountain Hawks hope the improvement over the fall will only help move into the traditional fall 2021 season that is just around the corner.
“Our junior class must take the lead from our seniors,” said Lambinus. “I’m leaving here really disappointed because I think we should still play. Everyone wants to play more. We just got better and better, but just couldn’t use one.”
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Gallery: (4-9-2021) Women’s football against Loyola, April 9th, 21st