BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Following a 2-0 home weekend which included a pair of 2-0 victories, the Lehigh women's soccer looks to keep the momentum going when it hosts Loyola in the Patriot League opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Mountain Hawks are now 2-2-4 on the season, riding four consecutive shutouts.
Lehigh now has five total clean sheets on the year, and is currently riding a shutout streak of exactly 400 minutes, longest since beginning the 2016 campaign with eight straight shutouts. The Mountain Hawks' last line of defense, junior Miranda Royds, has been recognized for the success with two straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors. She has stopped the last 19 shots sent her way over the four games, owning a 0.55 goals against average and 89.4 save percentage on the season. It has been a total team effort for Lehigh's defense, with many making key contributions. Last week, junior Ally Friedman helped anchor the back line while assisting on two of Lehigh's four goals on the weekend – including freshman Ryelle Shuey's game-winner on Sunday vs. Saint Joseph's.
The Mountain Hawks had four different goal scorers over the two wins last weekend. Senior Kayla Arestivo opened the scoring in the 16th minute vs. UMBC then three different players scored their first-career goals – sophomore Abby Furtmann in the 82nd minute on Friday then on Sunday, Shuey in the 61st minute and freshman Chloe Sherman in the 71st minute.
Loyola is 2-5-0 on the season, most recently dropping a 4-0 final at Penn Sunday. The Greyhounds' two wins have come against Seton Hall in the season opener (2-1 in overtime) and against VMI (2-0). Hannah Hoefs leads the team in goals (3) and points (7) while Sarah Bayer has two goals and two assists for six points. Lily Andres has started all seven games in goal, tallying a 2.78 goals against average and 55.6 save percentage. In each of the Greyhounds' five losses, they have allowed multiple goals.
Loyola leads the all-time series with Lehigh, 4-3-2. Last season, the Greyhounds won a high-scoring 4-3 thriller in Baltimore. The Mountain Hawks won the previous season in Bethlehem, 2-0. Lehigh is 3-0 all-time vs. Loyola at home since the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League.
Following Saturday's game, Lehigh returns to action the following Saturday, Sept. 28 at archrival Lafayette. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.
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