Arronson's Free Kick Edges Lehigh in Bethlehem
Oct. 6, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Nate Arronson's first career goal couldn't come at a better time for Lafayette as the Leopards defeated Lehigh 1-0 on Saturday night at Ulrich Sports Complex.
A Lehigh foul in the 66th minute gave the Maroon and White a free kick from 30 yards out on the right side of the pitch. The Leopards elected to have Arronson take the restart and the freshman defender converted the chance, beating Lehigh keeper Ciaran Nugent for the winning tally.
With the win, Lafayette improves to 2-1-0 in Patriot League play and 5-6-1 overall. The Mountain Hawks drop to 1-9-0 and remain winless against conference foes (0-3-0).
In a scoreless first half, each team took five shots, including two on goal. Arronson's goal broke the ice at the 65:20 mark.
After Arronson's decisive tally, the Leopard defense and goaltender Nathan McDonald clamped down to preserve the lead. Lehigh managed four shots and a corner kick in the last 25 minutes, but McDonald made two saves with less than five minutes to play to post his third shutout of the year. He finished the night with four stops.
On the other end, Nugent turned away four of Lafayette's five attempts on goal. Lehigh held a slight edge on the scoresheet, taking 12 shots to Lafayette's ten and taking one more corner (4-3).
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday afternoon against in-state rival Villanova. Kickoff from Villanova Soccer Complex is set for 3 p.m.
Lafayette has won two straight matches against Lehigh
McDonald now has six career clean sheets to his credit
Dennis Bohn improves 8-3-2 in his career against Lehigh
Tonight's match was the 109th meeting between the two sides.
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