Senior forward Doyle Tuvesson confirmed why he was named to the All-Patriot League preseason team this summer.
With just under 15 minutes left to play in the first half of Tuesday’s game, Tuvesson broke free from a defender and booted a long shot that sailed past the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms into the back of the net, giving the Lehigh men’s soccer team its 2-0 lead.
The goal was Tuvesson’s second of the season. The senior forward, who leads the team in assists, has shown he’s not a one-dimensional player.
Tuvesson led the Mountain Hawks (4-2-0) to a 3-1 victory over Seton Hall University. This was the second consecutive game in which Tuvesson put together a well-rounded performance.
Lehigh was fresh off of a 3-0 win last week over UPenn, when Tuvesson tallied two assists in addition to his first goal of the season en route to Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. He repeated this effort against Seton Hall, finalizing his performance with an assist to sophomore forward Tommy Dokho to give Lehigh its third goal of the game and ultimately the win.
This may signal the beginning of a trend for Tuvesson as he finds himself in a new role for the team, one that places him in an even more aggressive position.
Tuvesson is outpacing his performance from last season, when he put up three goals and four assists. He already has four assists and two goals after Tuesday’s performance, with 12 games left to play in the season. Despite his fast start, Tuvesson is still not completely satisfied.
“I’m happy with it, but until I do that in Patriot League play, it’s not enough,” Tuvesson said. “I know that everything until now has been a warm up until our next nine games, so if I can do it then, that’s great.”
Tuvesson’s performance anchored Lehigh to its first win against Seton Hall since 1997. The win helped avenge the team’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Pirates last season.
“Last year we went down to their place, they were up 3-0, we came back (to tie it at) 3-3 and lost in overtime, so we felt we owed them,” Tuvesson said. “We know that on our home field we have to get a win, no matter if it’s the Big East, the Big Ten or (an) ACC team.”
The Mountain Hawks will begin Patriot League play against Army on Saturday from Ulrich Sports Complex.