Oct. 15, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Lehigh scored early and late in the first half to hand the Navy men's soccer team a 2-0 loss on a windy Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, Pa.
Navy fell to 4-7-3 overall and 1-2-1 in the Patriot League standings. Lehigh, which has allowed just four goals all season long and recorded its eighth shutout of the season, improved to 5-2-5 overall and 2-1-1 in league play.
The loss was Navy's third in a row, coming against Bucknell, Virginia and Lehigh. During the three-game slide, Navy has been outscored, 7-2.
"It was a very uncharacteristic performance for us. We were just a step slow from the start," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We just never got untracked and you have to give Lehigh some credit. They played very well."
Lehigh struck early when Daniel Odenwelder scored his second goal of the season on a shot from just inside the 18-yard box into the low right corner for a 1-0 Mountain Hawks' lead in the 17th minute.
In the 43rd minute, Lehigh pushed the lead to 2-0 when Joe Puleo scored his third goal of the season on a counter-attack off a Navy set piece in the Lehigh defensive end.
"We just have to get tighter in the back. Their second goal was on a counter-attack of one of our set pieces and we looked up and they are in our defensive end scoring a goal. Our defensive transition was not very strong today," said Brandt.
Navy's best chance came midway through the first half when Joseph Greenspan (Fr. / Westfield, N.J.) banged a header off the crossbar, which kept Navy off the board.
"We just aren't making good decisions in the offensive end. We aren't being solid with the ball and we just need to get back to fundamentals," added Brandt.
Lehigh outshot the Midshipmen, 23-10, and drew five corner kicks to Navy's one. Navy was whistled for 13 fouls to Lehigh's five. Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) stopped one shot in the first half, while Max Renaldo (Jr. / Tampa, Fla.) recorded four saves in the second half. Lehigh keeper Ciaran Nugent made five saves in goal for his eighth shutout of the season.
Navy returns home for its next three games, first hosting American next Saturday (Oct. 22) at 8:00 pm. Fans that show their East Carolina football ticket stub to the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility ticket window can earn a free ticket to the soccer match that night.
# GO NAVY #