November 13, 2019
By: Erica Rose
The Lehigh men’s soccer team had one goal coming into the 2019 season - winning a Patriot League Championship. The squad finished in the semifinal round a year ago, and returning the majority of the starting lineup they believed this could be the year. Back in August Head Coach Dean Koski said, “I believe we have the makings of a really strong season ahead of us, as long as we stay true to what our goals are and stay connected as a team…” Boy was he right.
Jumping ahead two and a half months later, the (now) Patriot League Coach of the Year and his team find themselves playing in the Patriot League Championship on November 16th against #4 Lafayette. The Leopards defeated #2 Loyola in the semifinal.
So, how did they get there? Well, they finished the regular season undefeated with a 6-0-3 record in the league. That won them the Patriot League Regular Season Title. It was the first time since 2006, and the first undefeated season since that same year. The final game of the regular season they tied Bucknell 1-1, and that was whom they would have to face in the semis. This time they would come away with a hard earned 1-0 victory sending them to the title game for the first time since 2015. That was also the last time they won the chip, second in school history.
The Mountain Hawks will host the title game, with an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament on the line. The last time they met in the Patriot League Championship was back in 2003, when the Leopards came away victorious. Nothing is a given at this point of the season, especially when its your rival. And despite the Leopards being a 4 seed, the two settled for a scoreless tie back on October 26th so expect to see another good one!