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Early goal leads Boston U past Lehigh

Published: September 22, 2018

BOSTON – Boston University's eighth minute goal proved to be the difference as the Terriers downed the Lehigh women's soccer team, 1-0 on Saturday despite the Mountain Hawks holding a convincing 14-9 edge in shots. Lehigh fired four shots on goal in the second half looking to pull even, but couldn't put one past Terriers' goalkeeper Morgan Messner. Standing 3-6-0 on the season and 0-2-0 in Patriot League play, the Mountain Hawks will look to bounce back on Wednesday at Colgate.
 
"We started slowly and put ourselves into a hole by going down 1-0," said Lehigh head coach Eric Lambinus. "From the time of the goal on, we played really good soccer. It's been the story of our season. We played really well through the midfield and we created a lot of chances. Right now, we just don't have the execution and the confidence to finish in the final third. It's frustrating, but we know this team can play really good soccer and if we can get it to click in the final third, we can be a very dangerous team. We need it to come sooner rather than later.
 
Chelsea Churchill gave the Terriers a 1-0 lead at the 7:32 mark, putting home a header. Lehigh responded with seven of the final 10 shots of the stanza, including four in the final 5:44, but Boston University went into halftime with the 1-0 advantage.
 
Each goalkeeper made a save within the first nine minutes of the second half. Junior goalkeeper Miranda Royds made another stop in the 63rd minute, coming on what proved to be Boston University's final shot of the game. Lehigh had a late push with three shots on goal in the span of 7:17 between the 77th and 84th minutes, but Messner made the stops. Arestivo also had a second-half shot on a free kick at the top of the box. The shot looked on target, but was blocked.
 
"You go to a place where they haven't lost a conference game since 2007 and to be honest, I thought we controlled the game," said Lambinus. "We just couldn't finish. We had four to five really good chances in the second half where if one of them falls, I don't have any doubt we win the game."
 
Final shots were14-9 in favor of Lehigh while the Terriers held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Royds was strong, making three saves.
 
Lehigh will return to action at Colgate on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

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