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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women's soccer team remains home on Friday to host Temple. Opening kickoff is set for 5 p.m. as the first game of a Lehigh soccer doubleheader (the men host Binghamton at 8 p.m.). It will be Camper Appreciation Day as all past soccer campers are invited for the doubleheader and Lehigh Athletics will be raffling off a FREE week of 2019 summer soccer camp at the conclusion of the 8 p.m. men's game. The Mountain Hawks are coming off an up-and-down weekend, earning a big 1-0 win at five-time reigning MAAC Regular Season Champion Monmouth before dropping a 1-0 final at home to Fordham, despite holding a 13-6 edge in shots.
Friday's win was Lehigh's first-ever victory at Monmouth, against a team that went 73-19-8 between 2013 and 2017. Earlier this season, Monmouth defeated defending Patriot League Champion Bucknell, 1-0. Junior Kayla Arestivo scored the game's only goal in the 72nd minute, beginning in her defensive end and carrying all the way to goal and beating the Monmouth keeper. Classmate Sam Miller was stellar between the pipes, making five saves including a spectacular stop in the 89th minute to force a corner kick.
On Sunday, Lehigh outshot Fordham 10-1 in the second half to finish the game with a 13-6 edge. However, the Rams scored a goal from distance on a perfectly-placed shot into the top left corner, accounting for the game's only scoring. Lehigh now stands 2-3-0 on the season, with its two wins coming against defending conference regular season champs Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC) and Monmouth (MAAC). Excluding the second half at Villanova, the Mountain Hawks' defense has allowed just four goals over the other 10 halves of soccer (450 minutes).
Temple is 3-2 on the season, defeating Sacred Heart (2-0), Delaware State (3-0) and Maryland (1-0) while falling to Saint Joseph's (2-1) and Central Connecticut State (3-1). Emma Wilkins leads the Owls in scoring with four goals and eight points while Jules Blanks owns four points (two goals) and Kerri McGinley has three (one goal, one assist). Morgan Basileo has started all five games in goal, recording a 1.11 goals against average and 0.884 save percentage.
Lehigh leads the all-time series with Temple, 7-4-1 following overtime wins in each of the last three seasons. The Mountain Hawks won 3-2 in overtime on the road in 2015, with Madi Morgan scoring the golden goal. Lehigh followed with a 1-0 OT victory at home in 2016, with Clare Severe scoring the game-winner. Last year, the Mountain Hawks picked up a 2-1 double overtime victory, as Maggie Wadsworth scored the game-winner in the 107th minute.
Following Friday's contest, the Mountain Hawks return to action next Wednesday (Sept. 12) when they travel to Towson for a 4 p.m. nonleague matchup. Lehigh returns home next Saturday (Sept. 15) to host Army West Point in its Patriot League opener at 1 p.m.
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