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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Coming off a thrilling 1-0 win over Army West Point Saturday, the Lehigh women's soccer team returns to the Ulrich Sports Complex on Tuesday to host Princeton. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game features a pair of teams ranked in the most recent NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings; the Tigers were No. 1 and Mountain Hawks No. 7.
Lehigh played a strong first half against the Black Knights Saturday, owning a 7-6 edge in first-half shots which led to a 1-0 lead after senior Tori Pantaleo's team-leading fifth goal in the 20th minute. Army came back in the second half to outshoot the Mountain Hawks, 11-4, but the Lehigh defense stood tall. After giving up six combined goals over its previous two games, the Mountain Hawks responded by pitching their ninth shutout, which is tied for the nation's lead. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Miller made five saves as she improved her save percentage to .889 and goals against average to 0.53 for the season.
Tuesday marks the final nonleague matchup of the season, with only Patriot League games the rest of the way. Lehigh has just two home games the rest of the regular season, hosting Boston University on Oct. 15 and American on Oct. 28. At 2-2-0 in the league, the Mountain Hawks are currently tied for fourth place in the standings, owning four points. Lehigh is just three points behind the second-place Boston University Terriers, who stand 3-1-0.
A perennial force in the Ivy League, Princeton stands 8-1-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in league play. The Tigers' only loss has come to No. 2 West Virginia by a 3-0 final. Since that game, they have beaten Duquesne (2-1), tied Yale (1-1) and beaten Dartmouth (2-0). Tyler Lussi leads the team with 22 points behind nine goals and four assists while Mimi Asom (three goals, one assist) and Vanessa Gregoire (two goals, three assists) own seven points apiece. Natalie Grossi has started all 10 games in goal, owning a 0.80 GAA and .810 save percentage.
Princeton leads the all-time series, 18-0-1, with the Tigers winning the most recent meeting last season 2-0. The score was tied at the half, but Princeton scored two second-half goals for the win. The tie came in 2009. Prior to last season, three of the previous four years featured one-goal margins.
Following Tuesday's game, the Mountain Hawks return to Patriot League action when they travel to Loyola on Saturday. Opening kickoff in Baltimore is set for 7 p.m.
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