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The Lehigh men's soccer team began preseason practice on Wednesday in preparation for the 2013 season. The squad will look to improve on 2012's four-win season under the leadership of head coach Dean Koski, who will enter his 22nd year at Lehigh.
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After creating a plethora of opportunities and outshooting the Eagles, 23-11, the Lehigh men's soccer team fell to American Saturday night on a second half goal, 1-0. Junior James Meyerkord blasted seven shots, two of which were on the net, but he and the rest of the Mountain Hawks were unable to find the back of the goal despite immense pressure all night.
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After pushing the number one team in the nation to the brink of overtime, the Lehigh men's soccer team will set its sights on a crucial three points this Saturday when the Eagles of American will be welcomed into Ulrich Sports Complex for a critical Patriot League tilt that carries a wealth of playoff implications. Get an inside look at the men's soccer team in this edition of The Lehigh Experience.
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Despite an outstanding effort on the pitch tonight, the Lehigh men's soccer team was edged by the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday night, 2-1. After Lehigh fell behind 1-0 in the first half, junior James Meyerkord's second goal of the season evened the score as the Mountain Hawks took the No. 1 Terrapins to the brink of overtime before a goal with under three minutes sealed the victory.
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With just over seven minutes remaining, junior Kyle Lucas found the back of the net after a scrum in front of the Holy Cross goal to give Lehigh a 1-0 win over the Crusaders. The Mountain Hawks capitalized on a hard-fought effort for their second Patriot League win of the season, as Lehigh will now travel to face the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday night in their non-league finale.
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Although the Mountain Hawks consistently pressured the Lafayette defense, a late goal off a free kick for the Leopards was enough for the 1-0 win in the 109th edition of the Lehigh vs. Lafayette men's soccer rivalry. The Lehigh defense was strong, keeping the Leopards at bay for the majority of the game as junior goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent finished with four saves on the night.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team is halfway through the schedule of its 100th season as a varsity sport. The Mountain Hawks' next opponent, Lafayette, was the only team Lehigh faced in its inaugural season of 1913. The Leopards' 2-0 victory marked the beginning of a rivalry that has been played 108 times and at least once every season from 1913-2011, except for 1919 and 1920.
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Lehigh men's soccer senior Cameron Omsberg is one of 30 players nationally named Senior CLASS Candidates. Service Electric 2 Sports has this feature on Omsberg and the impact he's made on and off the playing field.
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Senior Matt Weaver connected on a cross from junior James Meyerkord in the 90th minute to give the Lehigh men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Penn State on Tuesday night. The Mountain Hawk defense never wavered as Lehigh withstood constant Nittany Lion pressure to earn their first victory and snap a three-game Penn State winning streak.
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A second half goal by Bucknell proved enough as the Lehigh men's soccer team dropped its Patriot League opener to the Bison, 1-0, on Sunday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks had multiple scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net despite seven shots on goal and stellar defensive play.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team will host the Bucknell Bison on Saturday night to begin its quest for the Patriot League crown. The Mountain Hawks will be in search of reaching the Patriot League Tournament for a fourth consecutive year after finishing third with a 4-2-1 record against league opponents in 2011.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought match to regionally ranked Brown University on Sunday afternoon, 1-0. The Mountain Hawks outshot the Bears 7-6 in the second half in an attempt to tie the game, but to no avail as the strikes were unable to find the back of the net. The match was the final tune-up before the Mountain Hawks open Patriot League play this Saturday.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team fell to La Salle on Wednesday night at the hands of two second-half goals. Junior goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent stopped five Explorer shots and sophomore forward Brian Suchoski was able to get four shots-on-goal, but La Salle seemed to be at the right place at the right time to capitalize on fortunate bounces in the second half.
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The Mountain Hawks dropped their 2012 season opener by a score of 2-0, to the Hofstra Pride. The loss is Lehigh's first home defeat since Nov. 6, 2010, breaking an eight-game unbeaten streak. Junior goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent was able to stop 6-of-8 shots-on-goal but Lehigh's offense struggled, testing Hofstra goalkeeper Roberto Pellegrini just one time.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team seeks to continue its home success as it opens the 100th season of men's soccer when Hofstra travels to the Ulrich Sports Complex for the season opener on Saturday at 3 p.m. This will be the sixth meeting between the schools, the first since 1989, with Lehigh holding a 3-1-1 all-time advantage over the Pride.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team kicked off preseason practice on Sunday in preparation for the 2012 season. The Mountain Hawks began with conditioning before hitting the Ulrich Sports Complex pitch for the first time on Monday. Lehigh welcomes in 10 freshmen to a squad that finished 8-4-6 last season and advanced to its third straight Patriot League Tournament.
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Lehigh and Colgate battled to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes in their Patriot League semifinal, Friday afternoon at Reeves Field. The match went to penalty kicks where the Raiders prevailed 5-4 to advance to Sunday's Patriot League Championship match. Sophomore Ciaran Nugent made five saves to record his 11th shutout of the season, as Lehigh's season comes to an end at 8-4-6.
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The No. 3 seeded Lehigh men's soccer team will take on No. 2 Colgate Friday at 2 p.m. in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament in Washington, D.C. It's the Mountain Hawks' third-straight Tournament appearance and 10th in the past 12 seasons as they vying for their first Patriot League Tournament Championship since 2000 and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team clinched its third straight Patriot League Tournament berth after it defeated Army 3-0 on Saturday night. The Mountain Hawks will be the No. 3 seed and take on No. 2 seed Colgate on Friday, November 11th at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Lehigh got all three goals from seniors as the eight players of the class of 2012 were honored at halftime of the match.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team set a goal in the beginning of the season to make the Patriot League Tournament. The team is now one win away from achieving that as the Mountain Hawks host Army Saturday night at 7 p.m. With a win, Lehigh will clinch a spot in the Tournament for the third straight season. Ironically, Lehigh defeated Army last season to clinch its berth to the Tournament.
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On a frigid night in New Jersey, the Lehigh men's soccer team was unable to get anything going as it fell to Princeton 2-0 Tuesday night. The Tigers got the game-winning goal early in the second half and found an insurance goal shortly after. The Mountain Hawks mustered eight shots on the match from seven different players, but Lehigh was unable to find the back of the net. Lehighsports.com caught up with head coach Dean Koski following the game.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team travels to American on Saturday for a big Patriot League showdown with first place on the line. Lehighsports.com caught up with 20th year head coach Dean Koski and senior captain Neal Melchionni to get some thoughts on the big game ahead.
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The Mountain Hawks men's soccer team will host Army in their final match of the regular season on Saturday November 5th at the Ulrich Sports Complex. It's also Senior Night and US Soccer Night for the Brown & White - be there!
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The Lehigh men's soccer team looks for its third straight win and second straight in Patriot League play as it travels to Holy Cross on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks are coming off two straight 2-0 victories, vs. Navy and Albany, looking to inch closer to a postseason berth with three league games left to play. Lehighsports.com caught up with head coach Dean Koski to get his thoughts on the big weekend ahead.
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Lehigh defeated Albany 2-0 Tuesday night in a non-league matchup as the Mountain Hawks connected on a pair of goals in the second half. Kevin Strunk had the game-winning goal in the 66th minute while Brian Suchoski added an insurance goal when he scored his first-career goal in the 71st minute. Lehigh out shot Albany 21-9 as the Mountain Hawks have taken 44 shots in their last two games.
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The Mountain Hawks started early and kept the pressure on throughout the game, out-shooting the Midshipmen of Navy 23-10. Senior Daniel Odenwelder scored in the 17th minute for Lehigh, and senior Joe Puleo added an insurance goal in the 42nd minute to help win a crucial game for the Mountain Hawks, moving the team past Navy and into sole possession of third place in the Patriot League Standings. We caught up with Odenwelder and head coach Dean Koski after the game.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team (4-2-5, 1-1-1 PL) came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Ivy League opponent Penn (6-4-2, 1-1-0 Ivy) Tuesday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks were faced with a 1-0 deficit for most of the game until junior co-captain Cameron Omsberg found the back of the net for the equalizer - and his first career goal - in the 80th minute.
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Lehigh outshot Lafayette 19-4 but couldn't find the back of the net falling 1-0 to the rival Leopards Saturday night.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team travels cross-town to archrival Lafayette for a Saturday night showdown featuring a pair of regionally-ranked squads. The Mountain Hawks enter with a stellar 4-1-4 record, 1-0-1 in the Patriot League after defeating Bucknell and tying Colgate. Lehighsports.com caught up with 20th year head coach Dean Koski and a pair of seniors - Neal Melchionni and Kevin Strunk - to get their thoughts on the big game ahead.
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The Lehigh Athletic Department welcomed home the 1971 men's soccer team which won the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. The squad posted an impressive 10-3-1 record in '71 with five shutouts. It had a perfect 6-0 record in the MAC, with a potent offense and superb defense, defeating Gettysburg, Delaware, Rider, Lafayette and Bucknell in the MAC West Division before defeating Temple, 2-1, in the championship game. The 1971 team finished the season ranked as high as #16 nationally, and has one of the best winning percentages in Lehigh Soccer history. They're also the first Lehigh University soccer team to post 10 wins in a season.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team will head to the west coast for the first time in program history to take part in the CAL Legacy Classic. On Friday, the Mountain Hawks will take on host No. 22 California Golden Bears at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude their weekend with a trip to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at 6:30 p.m. Lehighsports.com caught up with head coach Dean Koski and senior co-captain Neal Melchionni to get their thoughts on the upcoming trip.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team found the back of the net for the first time this season and it held up as the Mountain Hawks defeated Yale 1-0 on Sunday at the Ulrich Sports Complex. It was a pair of seniors that helped give Lehigh its first win of 2011 as Kevin Strunk lobbed a pass to Joe Puleo who made a couple of moves inside the box and connected for the game-winning goal in the 30th minute. Lehighsports.com caught up with Puleo and head coach Dean Koski following the game.
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The Lehigh men's soccer team began its quest for a Patriot League Tournament Championship on Monday with its first practice of the preseason. This came one day after a Sunday which featured preseason meetings and conditioning tests. The Mountain Hawks, who feature eight seniors, return their top two point-getters of 2010. Lehighsports.com caught up with head coach Dean Koski and senior captain Neal Melchionni after the first practice.
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(2/8/10) Lehighsports.com presents In the Spotlight with Adam Welch '10 of the men's soccer team.
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(10/2/10) The Mountain Hawks defeated the Lafayette Leopards on a chilly Friday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Lehighsports.com spoke with Austin Decker about his game winning goal and head coach Dean Koski about the rivalry win.
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(10/23/10) Despite conceding an early goal, the Lehigh men's soccer team battled back to defeat American on Saturday night, 2-1, at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Sophomore Austin Decker tied the game in the 56th minute and senior captain James Graf headed home the winner 19 minutes later to help Lehigh (7-5-2, 3-1-1 Patriot League) earn three big points in the league standings.