BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women's soccer team looks to continue its recent home success when it hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day. The Mountain Hawks have won two straight at home, coming over two traditional Patriot League contenders Bucknell and Boston University who have combined for the last six league titles. Those six points have gotten the Mountain Hawks right back into the Patriot League Tournament race, within striking distance of a high seed with four regular season games remaining.
Prior to Saturday's contest, Lehigh will honor its senior class of Maggie Wadsworth, Kathryn Jacobellis, Kayla Arestivo, Annika Jansa, Sidonie Warnecker and Mary Casey on Senior Day.
Lehigh enters the weekend in eighth place, but just a point behind fifth place, two behind third, three behind second and four behind first. The Mountain Hawks' six points are just three behind Bucknell for second, a team in which Lehigh owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Mountain Hawks are coming off a 4-0 nonleague defeat at Princeton Tuesday, but picked up the program's first-ever win over Boston University last Saturday in a rematch of the 2018 Patriot League Championship Game. That led to a pair of weekly awards, with Casey winning Defensive Player of the Week and junior Miranda Royds garnering Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time this season.
Holy Cross stands 3-2-7 overall, 1-0-4 in league play. After dropping their first two games of 2019, the Crusaders are in the midst of a 10-game unbeaten streak (three wins and seven ties). Last time out, Holy Cross won a 1-0 home matchup against previously unbeaten (in league) play Navy. The Crusaders have allowed just 11 goals in 12 games this season while scoring 10. Kelly Crowley, who scored the game's only goal vs. Navy, leads the team in assists (3) and points (7) and is tied for the lead in goals (2). Mariah Brown is second in points with five (two goals, one assist). Goalkeeper Sophia Lettieri has started all 12 games, tallying a 0.81 goals against average and 82.0 save percentage.
The Crusaders are 13-12-2 all-time against Lehigh, but the Mountain Hawks have won three straight, including a dramatic 2-1 win at Holy Cross last season in the regular season finale. Warnecker scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute to help send Lehigh to the Patriot League Tournament.
Following Saturday's game, the Mountain Hawks hit the road next Wednesday to face Colgate. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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