Mountain Hawks hold first place after 2-1 win over Holy Cross



BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s soccer team controlled the play, passing Holy Cross 18-6 and the Crusaders 2-1 to go unbeaten in Sunday’s Patriot League game at Ulrich sports complex. First-year student Corinne Lyth opened the scoring in the 35th minute, Holy Cross equalized in the 39th minute, but the second Ava schaller scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute as Lehigh moved up to 4-4-1 on aggregate, 2-0-1 in the league.

In three games, the Mountain Hawks are alone in possession of first place in the Patriot League with seven points.

“I thought we were dangerous,” Lehigh head coach said Eric Lambinus. “I thought we were going to score. We created a bunch of chances. We lost patience in a lot of our chances. I thought we were rushing things, shooting from range. We can clean up some things, but that’s good. that we keep working and keep getting by. “

Lehigh has scored multiple goals in three straight games for the first time since the end of the 2018 regular season and in the Patriot League tournament. The Mountain Hawks shot six of the game’s opening seven shots on Sunday, the sixth hitting the back of the net. First-year student Hope Flanegin fed his classmate on the right side, and Lyght then fired a rocket into the left corner of the goal from a difficult angle, at 34:59.

“[Corinne is] a very good player, ”said Lambinus. “She is an explosion of energy. She’s a smart player and every time she gets it she’s dangerous. She is very popular and is a great kid. She adds something to our team. “

However, less than four minutes later, Holy Cross fired even when a shot slipped under the crossbar.

The Crusaders had the first three shots in the second half, but the Mountain Hawks responded with the next six to pick up the momentum in their favor. The score remained 1-1 until 79:53 when Lyght passed into the box. After a tackle attempt, Schaller shot into the upper right corner of the goal for a 2-1 advantage.

The Mountain Hawks’ defense didn’t allow a shot the rest of the way.

In addition to the 18-6 advantage on Lehigh’s shots, the Mountain Hawks held a 5-1 advantage on corners. Second year Violette Bonvallet saved for the goal against Olivia Dubin of Holy Cross, who scored four.

“I thought our defense was great,” said Lambinus. “We only allowed two shots on goal. The defense was really solid. They’re starting to organize, starting to improve. We’ve made a change in that; Imani [Ashman] stepped in and did a really good job, I think, against their best player. “

Next, Lehigh will host Boston University this Friday at 6 p.m. for the senior party.

“We have put ourselves in a good position,” said Lambinus. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve always seemed to pull back, always chasing the table.

“We had two games at home and Lafayette, which is sort of a home game. We felt that seven points was a good goal, we got it, but the meat of our schedule is coming. We have to get it. some results to give us a chance to enter the [Patriot League Tournament]. “

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