Complete Patriot League Release
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Following an impressive 2-0 weekend, three members of the Lehigh women's soccer team earned Patriot League weekly awards on Monday as sophomore Annika Jansa was named Midfielder of the Week, senior Amanda Stratton garnered Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore Sam Miller won Goalkeeper of the Week recognition. The Mountain Hawks beat a pair of Big East teams this weekend, topping Villanova 1-0 on Friday and St. John's 2-1 on Sunday, to improve to 4-2-1 on the season.
The award marks Jansa's second Midfielder of the Week honor of the season, and third-career weekly award (also being named Rookie of the Week in 2016). Stratton's honor is the first of her career. Miller has been named Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time in four weeks in 2017 as she now has eight-career weekly awards and six-career Goalkeeper of the Week honors. Overall, Lehigh has won seven weekly awards this season in four weeks.
Jansa scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in both games, both coming off penalty kicks. She converted a PK in the 55th minute vs. Villanova for the game's only goal while she had a PK in the 50th minute at St. John's, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving Lehigh a 2-1 lead, which proved to be the final.
Meanwhile, Stratton played all 180 minutes at center back, anchoring a defense that allowed just one goal in two games. Stratton dished an assist on the game's first goal at St. John's Sunday while also making a big save in the 88th minute when she cleared a sure-goal off the line and out of harm's way.
Miller stopped nine of 10 shots over the weekend, beginning with a three-save shutout vs. Villanova Friday, her 15th career shutout, before impressing at St. John's with six saves, five coming in the first half. The only goal Miller allowed came in the 28th minute; after she made a sensational stop on a penalty kick, St. John's converted the rebound. Miller only made one second-half save, but it couldn't have been bigger. In the 87th minute, she made a leaping save off a free kick that looked ticketed for under the crossbar. For the season, Miller owns a 0.66 GAA and .861 save percentage.
All three played key roles in Lehigh's continued defensive excellence. On Friday, the Mountain Hawks picked up their third shutout of the season, allowing just three shots on goal against a Villanova team that had 14 shots on goal (and five goals) its previous time out vs. Lafayette. On Sunday, despite the Red Storm needing to create chances in hopes of tying the scoring, Lehigh didn't allow a shot on goal for the first 41:56 of the second half. St. John's had scored two or more goals in four of its six games coming in, but the Mountain Hawks allowed only one. In the end, Lehigh handed St. John's just its second loss of the season (compared to four wins and a tie). The Mountain Hawks became the first team to defeat St. John's in regulation this season.
Sophomore Kayla Arestivo was also recognized on Monday as honorable mention on the Patriot League weekly honor roll. Arestivo scored the game's first goal early at St. John's while she was later tripped in the box to lead to Jansa's penalty-kick goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
The Mountain Hawks return to action on Saturday when they travel to Army West Point to open Patriot League play. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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