Lehigh senior forward Tori Pantaleo practices with the team on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at a field by Goodman Stadium. Lehigh beat Bucknell 3-2. (Max Morenberg/B&W Staff)

Lehigh women’s soccer team wins against Patriot League leading Bucknell


The Lehigh women’s soccer team handed Bucknell its first home loss in two years, securing a victory 3-2 over the Bison in Lewisburg on Oct. 22. 

Senior Tori Pantaleo, the team’s leading scorer, started off Lehigh’s three-goal streak in the first half, scoring from outside the box and finishing to the left post. Sophomore Sabrina Mertz continued the momentum for the Mountain Hawks with a goal in the 22nd minute of the game, assisted by Pantaleo.

The final Lehigh (10-4-2, 4-3-1 Patriot) goal was scored by freshman Sidonie Warnecker. Warnecker blasted the shot from well outside of the 18-yard box for her fourth goal as a Mountain Hawk at the 32-minute mark.

In the second half, the Lehigh defense held off Bucknell just enough to win, allowing two goals on 13 attempted shots. Kendall Hamm scored the Bison’s first goal of the game in the 50th minute, and Bailey Hurt added another with seven minutes left in the game.

The Mountain Hawk’s freshman goalie, Sam Miller, made five saves in the games, totaling 65 this season.

Bucknell sits in the No. 1 position in the conference, while the Mountain Hawks stand at No. 4.

The team will have one more game in the regular season which will count towards league play against American University. The game will also serve as senior night, recognizing the team’s four senior members: Laura Courtney, Kalin Ojert, Tori Pantaleo and Madeline Walsh.

The game against American will be held Oct. 28 at Lehigh’s Ulrich Sports Complex, and then the team will continue to the Patriot League Tournament for postseason play.

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