The Lehigh men’s soccer team fell to rival Lafayette College 1-0 in Easton on Wednesday night.
The goal came off a penalty kick in the 69th minute to clinch the win. Lehigh (6-9-1, 2-5 Patriot) drops to ninth in the conference but has not yet been eliminated from playoff contention.
Lehigh controlled the ball from the opening whistle and did not let up. Lehigh held possession for most of the first half, but only had three shots to show for it.
Junior Doyle Tuvesson and sophomore Mark Forest worked together to create opportunities for each other. Tuvesson sprinted ahead to a ball from Forest for an early opportunity, just shooting wide.
Early Lafayette opportunities were shut down by a solid defense, as the Mountain Hawks held their positions and stole the ball away.
Lehigh worked to stop the counterattacks from Lafayette, able to give Tuvesson and senior Danny Gonzalez looks at the net. Tuvesson had two more opportunities, crossing the ball in the middle and getting a shot on net.
Gonzalez stayed composed in the midfield controlling the ball and had a cross opportunity mid-game, but was blocked by a Lafayette defender.
Lafayette had quick possessions in the first half, able to get six shots off. Lehigh goalkeeper Will Smith blocked one shot and saved another.
Lafayette opened the second half with an opportunity off a long throw-in into the box. Both teams scrambled for the ball but Lafayette received a call for interference with Smith.
The Leopards continued to challenge the Mountain Hawks with an opportunity off of a corner kick in the 53rd minute, taking an open shot that just went wide.
Following the goal, the Mountain Hawks charged toward the goal, as Tuvesson shot a line drive to the net that was deflected by the Lafayette keeper.
Lafayette finished with a 12-8 advantage in shots over Lehigh.
Just two Patriot League games remain. Lehigh will travel to Lewisburg to face their next crucial game versus Bucknell on Saturday at 2 p.m.