Women's Soccer Downs Lehigh for Third Straight Year
Oct. 2, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Jaclyn Giordano's first-half goal held up to be the game winner as Lafayette defeated Lehigh 1-0 on Wednesday night at Ulrich Sports Complex. The victory was Lafayette's third straight in the series against Lehigh.
"I thought the team really worked hard tonight," head coach Mick Statham said. "They were composed when they needed to be, and it's great to get the three points."
Lehigh (2-6-2, 0-3-0) had the better of the chances in the first 15 minutes of the match and was led by Murphee Greeley's play in the midfield. Greeley took three shots in the first half, but each was from distance and Lafayette goalkeeper Danielle Sedillo handled two of the shots with confidence. Lehigh's two best opportunities in the period came from Darby Wiegand in the 13th minute but her hard angle shot missed high before Greeley's 21st minute strike suffered the same fate.
A strong challenge at midfield by Kelly Boyce won the ball for Lafayette and she eventually sent a pass into Alyssa Finelli who had her back to goal about 25 yards out. A pivot and a chip over the top of the Lehigh defense intended for Giordano ended up winning a corner for the Leopards. From the flag, Allie Torru's right-footed service was headed on goal by Giordano in the direction of the far post and Lehigh keeper Ani Nahapetian was only able to get a hand on it as it deflected into the side netting for the goal.
With a little more than 10 minutes to play before intermission, Giordano nearly doubled Lafayette's advantage. The junior received a pass from Anna Wissler, turned, and fired a left-footed shot on net, but Nahapetian dove to her right to smother the chance.
Lafayette (5-4-1, 1-2-0) continued to apply pressure early in the second half with Giordano being a catalyst for the Leopards' offensive attack. A perfectly executed give-and-go in the 58th minute between her and Nicole Lee sent the striker through the middle of the field where she took a shot from two yards inside the penalty area, but it slid just wide of the post and the score held at 1-0.
With 15 minutes to play, Torru earned Lafayette a free kick in the center of the field, but Alex Resinger's free kick floated high and missed the target. Shortly thereafter Greeley made a long run deep into Lafayette's defensive third, but she was eventually knocked off the ball by Catherine Galgano, who chased her down from behind.
Sedillo was solid in goal for Lafayette as she earned her fourth career shutout by making five saves. The freshman did well coming off her line on a couple occasions, including in the 80th minute to thwart a through ball intended for Paige Dyrek.
"I thought the back four and Danielle were excellent and they played with great discipline and maturity," Statham added. "It was a great night for Lafayette women's soccer."
The Mountain Hawks held a 9-6 edge in shots, while Lafayette had two corners compared to Lehigh's one. Nahapetian finished with one save in goal for the Mountain Hawks.
The Leopards continue Patriot League play on Saturday when they travel to Worcester, Mass. for a 1 p.m. meeting with Holy Cross. That match can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.
Giordano's goal was her third overall tally and third game-winner of the season.
Torru registered her second assist of the season.