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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women's soccer team will look to bounce back from a hard-fought 2-1 defeat at Bucknell when it returns home to host Loyola on Saturday. Opening kickoff is set for 5 p.m. in the first of two straight home games to close out the regular season. Lehigh has clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth and is still alive for the No. 4 seed and a potential home game in the league quarterfinals.
The Mountain Hawks clinched their second straight postseason berth due to losses by Army West Point and Lafayette on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Lehigh's defeat was just its fourth of the season, falling to 7-4-4 overall and 3-2-2 in Patriot League play.
Following an early Bucknell goal in the 19th minute, the Mountain Hawks fought back and pulled even in the 81st minute as sophomore Maggie Wadsworth put home a rebound of an Annika Jansa shot off a corner kick. However, the Bison answered in the 85th minute with a game-winning goal off a centering feed. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Miller was strong, making six saves including a number of strong stops to keep the Mountain Hawks in the game. In the end, Lehigh allowed an opponent to score two goals for just the third time this season.
The Greyhounds are 3-11-1 on the season, including 0-6-1 in Patriot League play, but they're still alive for a postseason berth. Holy Cross is currently in the sixth and final Patriot League Tournament spot with a 1-3-3 record and six points. Most recently, Loyola dropped a 2-1 final to American Wednesday night, one game after a 2-0 defeat vs. Boston University. Included among Loyola's wins was an early-season overtime victory at Seton Hall of the Big East. Julianna Cabrera leads the Greyhounds with eight points on the season behind two goals and a team-leading four assists. Mary Corcoran also has two goals while four other Greyhounds own a goal apiece. Sumer Rahe has started all 15 games in goal, tallying a 1.94 goals against average and 0.695 save percentage.
The Greyhounds lead the all-time series with Lehigh, 3-2-2, but the Mountain Hawks are undefeated over the last four meetings (2-0-2), all coming since Loyola joined the Patriot League for the 2013 season.
Following Saturday's game, Lehigh returns home next Saturday, Oct. 28 to host Holy Cross on Senior Day. Opening kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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