BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Following a 1-1 week, the Lehigh women's soccer team continues its league slate when it hosts Boston University on Saturday. A rematch of the 2018 Patriot League Championship Game will kick off at 1 p.m. on the Patriot League Network. The Mountain Hawks are coming off a hard-fought 1-0 defeat at first-place Navy, in a game that went down to the wire. Three days earlier, Lehigh picked up three big points behind a comeback 3-1 victory over Bucknell.
Despite standing 1-3-0 in league play, the Mountain Hawks are only one point behind Holy Cross and Army West Point for sixth place (and the final Patriot League Tournament spot). Lehigh is only three points behind Bucknell in fifth and four points behind Lafayette and Boston University in third. This Saturday vs. Boston University is Patriot League game number five of nine.
Last Saturday at Navy was scoreless deep into the second half, until the Mids scored the game's only goal in the 80th minute. Lehigh entered the week facing two teams tied for first place in the standings, finishing the week with three points due to an impressive home win vs. Bucknell. One of the stars of that game, freshman Julianna Bonner, was recognized on Monday with Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. She tallied a goal and assist vs. the Bison, including the game-winning goal in the 81st minute.
Boston University stands 5-6-2 on the season, 2-1-1 in Patriot League play. The Terriers are 1-1-1 over their last three games, falling at Bucknell (1-0) while beating Army West Point (1-0) and tying Loyola (0-0). Ashley Raphael leads the offense with five points via two goals and an assist while Shannon Keefe (the sister of Lehigh sophomore Erin Keefe) has also scored twice. Nine different Terriers have accounted for the team's 11 goals on the season. A pair of goalkeepers have split time, led by Amanda Fay and her 1.13 goals against average and 81.1 save percentage in six games (four starts).
Lehigh is 0-5-2 all-time against Boston University, but has been very competitive as of late. The Mountain Hawks are 0-2-1 in their last three, tying 0-0 and losing a pair of 1-0 contests last season. The three all-time games against Boston U. at home have been extremely competitive – two ties and a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat for the Mountain Hawks in 2016, in a game which saw the Terriers score the game-winning goal in the 90th minute.
Following Saturday's game, the Mountain Hawks head to Princeton on Tuesday (Oct. 15) to face the Tigers at 5 p.m. before hosting Holy Cross next Saturday (Oct. 19) at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.
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