October 16, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The men and women’s soccer teams at Lehigh University continue to see the wins build up and this past weekend they were even sweeter, defeating arch rival, Lafayette.
Starting with the men, who are now 8-4-1 overall and 3-1-1 in league play. The Mountain Hawks took the 2-0 shutout win over the Leopards who fall to 2-11-0 and 1-4-0. The Leopards probably never had a chance, considering the fact that Lehigh has the league-leading scorer in Mark Forrest; who head coach Dean Koski called a “beast.” Forrest scored his 10th goal of the season, to put the Mountain Hawks up 1-0. Oscar Greene added the insurance goal and the rest is history. It wasn’t just the offense that stepped up to the challenge on Saturday. The defense also made a big stand, with their fourth shutout. They also held the Leopards to under 10 shots for the 12th game this season. “Tonight was one of our better defensive efforts. Getting a shutout in Patriot League play is important,” said Koski.
On to the women, who are playing just as well and ironically came away with the 2-0 victory as well. The win puts Lehigh at 7-3-4 and 3-1-2 in the Patriot League and drops Lafayette to 3-7-2 and 1-4-1. Freshman Ally Friedman was the first to strike and sophomore Maggie Wadsworth netted the second. Lafayette was not an easy win, despite their record though. A rival never is. But, sophomore goalkeeper Sam Miller made some impressive saves, including a PK. “We feel pretty confident Sam is going to make a save more often than not. We're happy that she did, then we were able to put the game away," said head coach Eric Lambinus. The final shots were even at 11, but the score is all that matters and that had Lehigh on the winning end. "It's always a double win [to beat Lafayette]," said Lambinus. "You have the pressure of the double loss, so it's almost like double or nothing with everything because we always know what our (Lehigh Athletics') record against Lafayette is for the year. Getting a win is great for the rivalry, but then it's also three points in the Patriot League. They were right behind us, so it opens up a bigger gap and allows us to keep jumping up the standings," Lambinus said.
(Quotes from lehighvalleysports.com)