ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy scored a pair of first-half goals, which proved to be the difference as the Lehigh women's soccer team held a 10-9 edge in shots and 7-1 advantage in corner kicks, but fell by a 2-1 final on Saturday evening. Senior Chloe Tremblay accounted for Lehigh's goal in the 86th minute, her second-career goal. Despite the loss, the Mountain Hawks head into next Friday's regular-season finale at home vs. Loyola knowing that with a win, they would qualify for the Patriot League Tournament.
"We played well enough to get a win or tie and we didn't, so we have to leave disappointed," said Lehigh head coach Eric Lambinus. "The positive is that we continue to get better. We played better tonight than we have in the past against an always good Navy team. We played well, got a bunch of corner kicks and limited their opportunities."
In the game's second minute, the Mountain Hawks earned a corner kick and shot on goal, a header by junior Rebecca Van Siclen. Just over six minutes later, the Midshipmen put home their first shot, converting a series of passes into a 1-0 lead. Later in the half, Navy turned a turnover in the 41st minute into a 2-0 advantage.
"We gave up two goals in the first half that were disappointing," said Lambinus. "We have to be better on the first goal. We let them play through us easily. The second goal was a giveaway that led to a goal on the back post. We also saw balls sitting on the goal line and had chances, but couldn't tie it up."
The Mountain Hawks continued to pressure in the second half, firing four shots (two on goal) with two corner kicks. Lehigh gave itself a chance as a Tremblay strike near the top of the box, assisted by junior Courtney Supp, pulled the Mountain Hawks within 2-1, but that proved to be the final.
"We felt like it was coming," said Lambinus. "We knocked it around pretty well. It was a great shot, which we've seen in training from Chloe. She put herself in a good position and finished it."
Now at 1-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the South Division, the Mountain Hawks turn their attention to Loyola next Friday. Gametime is set for 6 p.m. A win would send Lehigh to the Patriot League Tournament.
"Every day you get to play is great. Every day you get to compete is great," said Lambinus. "We got to compete today and to be honest, it was one of our better performances down at Navy. We played well and had an opportunity to win. The overall sense of the team is we're improving, we've got a chance and we're going to keep going. We know the results haven't always shown, but there's a good, positive energy around this group."
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