BETHLEHEM, Pa. — After an impressive weekend in Chicago against tough Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Wisconsin, Lehigh men's soccer sophomore forward Josh Luchini was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, announced by the league on Monday afternoon. This is the first time he's won the award after being named Rookie of the Week twice in 2018.
On Friday night against Northwestern, Luchini scored an insurance goal in the 82nd minute to help the Mountain Hawks beat the Wildcats in the first-ever meeting between the two sides. The goal, from Nick Jennings, was Luchini's first of the season and the seventh of his career.
Against Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon, Luchini helped Lehigh tie the game in the 12th minute with his strike from Trevor Koski, making the score 1-1. The goal was his second of the weekend and the eighth of his career.
"We're very pleased for Josh," said associate head coach Ryan Hess. "He takes a lot of pride in being able to score goals and I think his ability to create and be dangerous in front of the net is a testament to his work ethic, but also the success of the team and the way that we've been able to get him into goal scoring positions.
"So we're really pleased for that, but we also ask a lot of him defensively and he's doing a ton of work and from that we've been able to create chances too. Certainly he's very deserving and we anticipate he'll score a few more goals moving forward for us."
With Friday's win over Northwestern, the Mountain Hawks started a season 2-0 for the first time since 2014. After the weekend, Luchini is tied for the team lead in goals (2) and is second in points (4).
For his game-winning goal against Northwestern and an assist Sunday vs. Wisconsin, junior midfielder Trevor Koski was named an honorable mention for the week.
Lehigh returns to the Ulrich Sports Complex on Saturday at 6 p.m. to host Seton Hall.
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