Sullivan Lifts Lafayette Men's Soccer Team to 1-0 Defeat of Lehigh
Sept. 29, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - A Luke Sullivan goal in the first half was all the offense the Lafayette men's soccer team (6-1-2, 1-0) needed as the Leopards defeated Patriot League rival Lehigh, 1-0, in front of nearly 1,500 fans Saturday night. The win was the Leopards' third in a row as well as their fifth consecutive shutout.
Sullivan scored his second goal in as many games to extend Lafayette's unbeaten streak to seven matches, dating back to a 3-0 win over Davidson on Sept. 7. Starting goalie Philip Nelson and the Lafayette defense held the Mountain Hawks without a goal and to just five shots in the match.
Lafayette clearly dominated possession in the opening half. Seven different Leopards recorded shots while the Mountain Hawks managed just two. Thanks to an outstanding effort from the Lafayette defense, Nelson did not have to make a save in the first half.
The Leopards had the first shot in the game, taken by Matt Reichenbach just over two minutes into the match. The Leopards quickly capitalized on one of their scoring opportunities when Anthony Sepe took a throw-in with a little over 13 minutes remaining that Sullivan then headed into the back of the net for what was the eventual game-winning score.
The Mountain Hawks' offense responded when Jesse Schramm fired a shot that went just wide of goal. Lehigh would not manage to get another solid look at goal for the remainder of the half while Lafayette continued to pressure the Mountain Hawks on both ends of the field.
Lafayette had a chance to put a second goal on the board when Steve Ference fired a shot at that was stopped on a diving save by Lehigh goalie Brian Lee. The Mountain Hawks seemed to gain a bit more control in the latter part of the opening half but still failed to create any real scoring opportunities and went into halftime trailing 1-0.
The game was more evenly paced in the second half with Lehigh taking three shots while holding the Leopards to none. Nelson made his first save of the night with just under 35 minutes remaining on a Patrick Starsinic shot. Despite failing to generate any more offensive threats, Lafayette's defense stepped up and continued to keep Lehigh off the scoreboard, as well, and the Leopards held on for the 1-0 win.
Lafayette, currently ranked second in the NSCAA's Mid-Atlantic Region, continue Patriot League play when they travel to American on Saturday, Oct. 6, for a 7 p.m. match.
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