Lehigh drops 3-0 decision at West Virginia – Lehigh University Athletics


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Lehigh men’s soccer team fell 3-0 to West Virginia Tuesday night at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers, who are unbeaten in 18 of their last 19 home games, continued to defend their home turf once again. 

The Mountain Hawks are now 3-6-2, while West Virginia improved to 4-6-2.

“We knew West Virginia was going to be a tough matchup for us prior to the match,” said head coach Dean Koski. ” Regardless of their results, they play a tough schedule, and they’re a very good, mature and sophisticated team.”

The Lehigh defense stood strong for most of the first half. It was Yutaro Tsukada who netted the first goal of the game 35 minutes into the game. Tsukada also notched an assist 42 seconds into the first half to finish the night with one goal and one assist.

West Virginia scored its third and final goal 69 minutes into the game.

The Mountain Hawks struggled to find any offense Tuesday night. They didn’t get a single shot off in the first half. It was senior Dominic Flowers who finally got the first shot for Lehigh 60 minutes into the game. 

First year goalie Tommy Chyzowych was one of seven first-years who started the game for Lehigh. Chyzowych finished the night with two saves. 

While his statistics won’t show up on a box score, first year Sam Davis played a key impact on the back line all night. 

“If we had 11 guys who competed like Sam does in every moment and played with the passion and the tenacity that he does, we would be really good,” Koski said. “He certainly sets the tone for the backs with the way he competes.”

Marc Bonnaire finished with 0 saves as the West Virginia goalkeeper didn’t see any shots on goal.

This was West Virginia’s first back-to-back win this season and Bonnaire’s second straight start in net.

Lehigh will look to bounce back when the Mountain Hawks take on Navy on Senior Day at the Ulrich Sports Complex Saturday at 5 p.m.

“We went into the Lafayette match with the mentality that that was the most important game of the season for us, and we’re going to have to have that mentality for every remaining Patriot League game,” Koski said. “We have to find a way to get points at home against a really good Navy team.” 

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