DEFENSE DELIVERS

September 25, 2017
By: Erica Rose

The Lehigh and Lafayette men’s soccer teams opened up Patriot League play on Saturday and both came away with the 1-0 shutout. For the Mountain Hawks, the defense has been playing exceptionally as of late (which I blogged about last week) so it’s not too surprising they had a successful day. However, they had their best performance yet as a unit; Army is the league’s second best scoring offense. While the defense normally limits the shots on goal, it was goalkeeper Will Smith who really stood out with a career high tying 8 saves on the day. For the Leopards, it was their first shutout of the season, despite being outshot 8-4 by Bucknell.

Both Lehigh and Lafayette were out-shot by their opponents actually, Lehigh 15-7, but both were able to sneak one in and one was all it took. For the Leopards, it came off of the teams only corner kick in the first half. A beauty of a goal it was too, thanks to the senior Christian Moyse’s header. The win is actually the first of the season for the Leopards, who are still a young team age wise (13 sophomores on the roster). But when it comes to experience they do have plenty, returning 8 starters from a year ago.  A win in the Patriot League is always a good one, especially when it gets the season going. But, this one in particular should have the guys feeling pretty confident as Bucknell was picked 6th in the preseason poll, while the Leopards sit in 9th. Next up for the Leopards, is Holy Cross on Friday.

Lehigh’s season has been a little different, which you may already know if you read my blog last week! The win makes it 4 in a row for the Mountain Hawks. It only took 10 minutes for Lehigh to get on the board thanks to the league-leading scorer, Mark Forrest.  It was the 6th goal of the season for the junior, who showed off his skills, to fake out the keeper and score on an open net. Army too was a higher pick (5) in the Patriot League Preseason poll. Lehigh (7). Head Coach Dean Koski, believed they would be their toughest opponent yet. But as I stated in my previous blog, Lehigh is clicking on all cylinders at the moment, and that proved true once again this weekend. The Mountain Hawks will remain home for their next contest, welcoming in their second Big East opponent in St. John’s on Tuesday.