Women’s Football Begins Postseason Journey on Sunday in Lehigh

Story Links ANNAPOLIS, Md. The quest for the 2022 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Championship kicks off for Navy on Sunday as the Mids travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Ulrich Sports Complex to face the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. In a quarterfinal matchup between the fourth-seeded Mountain Hawks (7-6-3, 5-2-2 PL) and the fifth-seeded Mids (8-7-3, 4-5 PL), the teams will play a game 7 that Lehigh of Marine saw knock, 2-0 on their home turf. Both teams will compete for a spot in the Patriot League semifinals on Thursday evening. Kick-off for the quarterfinal match Navy-Lehigh is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Navy-Lehigh game will have live stats online and will be broadcast on the ESPN+ platform. ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming service that requires customers to sign up for monthly or annual subscriptions before entering the competition.

Navy in Patriot League Tournament The Mids will compete in their 25th Patriot League tournament in the 30 years of the program’s existence…Navy is always 20-19-2 in post-season action and 3-1 in four quarter-finals…The Mids have reached the semifinals in the past three seasons…Navy has won five Patriot League titles, including two in the past three years, 2019 and 2020-21…The Mids and Mountain Hawks have never met in the Patriot League Tournament on the Lehigh campus.

navy vs. Lehigh Sunday will be the 33rd meeting between the two schools in a series that began on September 18, 1993…Navy leads the series 23-5-4, beating Lehigh 59-21 all-time.. After the 0-2 -1 of the teams’ first three meetings, Navy has kicked off the series with a score of 23-3-3, starting in 1996…Navy has been 7-4-2 over 13 games played in Bethlehem… Prior to the Mids’ loss to the Mountain Hawks on October 7 of this regular season, the team had won 11 consecutive games, beating the Mountain Hawks 22-3…All-time in Patriot League Tournament action, Navy 2-0 defeats Lehigh 4-1 in Annapolis on November 2, 2012, and 2-0 on November 3, 2006 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Last 5 Matchups In the last five encounters dating back to 2018, the Mids are 4-1 and have surpassed the Mountain Hawks, 7-4. October 7, 2022 (A): Lehigh 2 – Marine 0 October 8, 2021 (H): Marine 2 – Lehigh 1 April 3, 2021 (H): Marine 2 – Lehigh 1 October 5, 2019 (H): Marine 1 – Lehigh 0 September 29 2018 (A): Navy 2 – Lehigh 0

Most Recent Matchup – October 7, 2022 in Bethlehem In a theme that emerged throughout the first half of the Patriot League schedule for the Navy women’s soccer team, goals in the second half played a decisive role in the 2-0 loss to the Mids against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Friday. Tied 0-0 through 78 minutes, the Mountain Hawks (5-5-1, 3-2 PL) scored a couple of goals in the last 12 minutes to take out the midshipmen (5-5-3, 2- 3 PL) at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

Of the 11 combined goals scored by Navy and its opponents in the first five conference games, eight are now in the second half of the game and six in the last 20 minutes of action.

The action in the opening 10 minutes of the first half saw both teams aim for the goal as Alexa Riddle had the first look in the fifth minute after intercepting a pass deep into Lehigh’s defensive third and around Mountain Hawks goalkeeper Maggie Ousouljoglou dribbled. With her eye on goal, Riddle’s shot was deflected late by a Lehigh defense and went off the post. Lehigh’s first and only shot on goal of the first half was a header by Ryelle Shuey into the back post in the seventh minute. Navy’s Mattie Gallagher read the piece from the start and closed easily to the back post for the save.

The game went on for over 16 minutes without a shot before the Mids’ plan for a goal was thwarted again by the post when Marlee Heaven (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) ran a Riddle cross over Ousouljoglou to the other side of the net, but ricocheted off the post in the 24th minute.

Coming out of the locker room 0-0 at halftime, the Mids immediately started chasing the first score of the game. The team’s second shot in the opening 10 minutes was especially dangerous as Riddle dribbled down the endline, feeding Jenna Daunt into the six-yard box. Daunt quickly hit the pass with a single shot that went just wide.

Mimi Abusham was next for Navy when she received a pass to the chest from Caitlin Doran on the outside edge of the 18-yard box, turned her defender and put in a well-hit shot to the bottom left corner. Unfortunately for the Mids, Ousouljoglou ducked and covered up the shot to make it 0-0 in the 71st minute.

Less than eight minutes into Abusham’s attempt, the Mountain Hawks took their first goal of the half when Mattie Murphy snuck behind the Mids’ backline and looped across to give Lehigh the 1-0 lead at 78:45.

While the Mids were pushy in the attacking third looking for a possible tying goal, the Mountain Hawks took advantage and played an exhaust pass to Corinne Lyght, who dribbled one-on-one and placed a hard hitting shot into the back of the net at 84:33.

Before the game, both teams were credited with eight shots, although Navy had a narrow 4-3 lead in shots on target. The visitors also booked the same margin in corners over Lehigh, 4-3.

Compare the teams

2022 Stats Navy Lehigh Record 8-7-3 7-6-3 Goals/Gm 1.22 1.31 Assists/Gm 1.44 0.56 Shots/Gm 12.3 10.8 Goals at Average 0.78 1, 19 GK Saves/Gm 4.72 3.56 Individual Leaders Navy Lehigh Goals Daunt/I. Romano, 3 Lyght, 6 Assists Graziano, 5 Murphy, 3 Points Graziano, 9 Lyght, 13 Shots Riddle, 23 Lyght, 43 GK Redt Gallagher, 85 Ousouljoglou, 48

Last time out: October 26 in Lafayette Navy received the best performance of his career from goalkeeper Mattie Gallagher Wednesday night in Lafayette to crown the 12th consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance. In the regular season final against the Leopards (3-11-3, 1-6-2 PL) in sixth place for the upcoming league tournament, the Mids (8-7-3, 4-5 PL) controlled their fate and ensured they would extend their season as Mimi Abusham scored the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute, while Gallagher continued to hold back the hosts with a career-high 10 saves. Thanks to Navy’s 1-0 win at Oaks Stadium and American’s 2-1 win over Loyola, the Mids were able to secure fifth place in the tournament that opens on Sunday afternoon.

The Leopards were active early and often with seven shots in the first 20 minutes of the game. After going deeper into the first half and still being beaten by a 7-2 margin, Navy made some in-roads in Lafayette’s defensive third. Isabella Romano registered the Mids’ first shot since 14:09 when she fired a shot towards the nearest post, forcing Leopards’ Natalie Neumann to dive to the right in the 39th minute. On Kat Healey’s ensuing corner, Katie Herrmann met the cross and pushed the ball towards goal, although Neumann made the save.

Gallagher’s reflexes were put to the test again before half-time when Melissa Lamanna fired a series of four-second shots and Sara Oswald saw the junior goalkeeper kick save, followed by a two-handed lunge into the back. 40th minute.

After six saves in the first half, Gallagher was called up again early in the second stanza when she made a scoreless save on a McDonald’s one-timer in the 53rd minute.

Encouraged by their goalkeeper’s excellent play, the Mids’ attack finally clicked. During the next nine minutes after Gallagher’s last stop, the Navy registered three shots. The Mids’ persistence paid off, as that third attempt hit the back of the net. After a failed corner clearance by the Leopards, Sadie McCaleb and Rylee Rives played a quick trade-off to set up Abusham, who made a soft, floating shot into the upper-90 for her second goal of the season at 61:26.

Navy’s goal came just minutes after Colgate put Holy Cross ahead 2-1. For playoff purposes, the Mids were to win if the Raiders or Crusaders got a result when they entered the list on Wednesday with just one point ahead of Colgate and two points ahead of Holy Cross.

Gallagher, who was in control with a 1-0 lead, secured the one-goal lead in the final 28 minutes of action at Oaks Stadium. In the 70th minute, she ducked to defend the bottom right post against a shot from Emily Coe before denying McDonald twice in the final 3:11.

Before the game, Lafayette defeated Navy 15-9 and had a 10-8 advantage in shots on target. The host Leopards also took two corners over the Mids, 4-2.

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