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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Riding a four-game unbeaten streak, the Lehigh women's soccer team returns home on Saturday to host Boston University. Opening kickoff is set for 4 p.m. as the first game of a Lehigh soccer doubleheader (the men's team also hosts Army West Point at 7 p.m.). The Mountain Hawks are coming off a 1-1 tie at UMBC Monday, two days after opening Patriot League play with a 2-0 win at Army West Point. Overall, Lehigh is now 5-2-2 on the season, including 4-1-1 on the road.
Lehigh finished Monday's game at UMBC with a dominant 26-6 edge in shots. The Retrievers scored on their first shot on goal in the 47th minute, via a penalty kick, but the Mountain Hawks evened the score in the 75th minute as sophomore Maggie Wadsworthscored her second goal of the season, from junior Clare Severe.
After giving up just 12 goals in 18 games last season, Lehigh's defense has continued to impress, allowing just six goals through nine games in 2017. The last goal the Mountain Hawks allowed was a penalty kick (at UMBC Tuesday), while the previous goal came off a rebound following a PK save (at St. John's). Offensively, Lehigh has scored 10 goals this season, scoring at least one goal in seven of nine games thus far. Sophomore Annika Jansa leads the Mountain Hawks with three goals and six points on the season (all three goals are game-winners, at Penn, vs. Villanova and at St. John's, as she's 10th nationally in that category). Classmate Sam Miller has continued her stellar play in goal, recording a 0.54 goals against average and 0.865 save percentage, both good for 25th nationally.
Boston University is 3-5-2 on the season, but 0-3-1 away from home. The Terriers have played a challenging schedule, including games against Louisville, Cincinnati, Arizona State and Arizona State. Most recently, BU defeated Dartmouth Tuesday night, 1-0, behind a 19th-minute goal. Christina Wakefield leads the Terriers with seven points (three goals, one assist) while Anna Heilferty and Julianna Chen each own five points (two goals, one assist). A pair of goalkeepers have split time as Hannah Ciolek owns a 1.37 goals against average and 0.744 save percentage in 655:26 of action while Amanda Fay has a 0.95 GAA and 0.700 save percentage in 284:34.
The Terriers lead the all-time series, 3-0-1. The teams first met in Boston University's first year in the Patriot League (2013, a 3-0 BU win. The sides played to a 1-1 draw the following season. Last year, the Terriers handed Lehigh a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat, scoring the game-winning goal with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation.
Following Saturday's game, the Mountain Hawks remain home to host Colgate next Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
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