Army Falls To Lehigh In Season Finale

Head Coach Russell Payne

Head Coach Russell Payne

Nov. 5, 2011

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Neal Melchionni converted a penalty kick in the 37th minute, and Joe Puleo and Ayo Olasupo both tallied insurance goals in the second half as Lehigh blanked Army, 3-0, in a Patriot League men's soccer match Saturday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

Lehigh goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent (8-4-5) made three saves to earn his 10th shutout of the season for the Mountain Hawks, who improve to 8-4-5 (4-2-1 PL) and qualify for the Patriot League Tournament. Army, meanwhile, finishes its resurgent 2011 campaign with a record of 7-10-1 (2-4-1 PL).

Melchionni scored what proved to be the game-winning goal late in the first half when he capitalized on an Army foul in the box and made good on the ensuing penalty kick. The Mountain Hawks' senior ripped a low shot underneath the outstretched arm Army freshman goalkeeper Winston Boldt for his fourth marker of the year.

Lehigh carried the play in the first half, outshooting Army by a 9-3 margin and holding a 3-1 edge in corner kicks during the opening stanza.

Lehigh doubled its lead in the 61st minute when Puleo took a feed from Cameron Omsberg in the box, found space and beat Boldt for his fourth goal of the season.

Olasupo closed the scoring in the 79th minute when he scored his first goal of the year. Puleo and Ben Wysocki were credited with assists on the tally.

Both teams fired seven shots in the second half, while neither team was awarded a corner kick. For the game, Lehigh outshot Army 16-10.

Junior Josh Koeppe led Army offensively with three shots, including two shots on goal. Freshman Kyle Golonski notched the Black Knights only other shot on goal.

Boldt (2-2-1) was credited with two saves in the loss.

Match Notes: Army falls to 19-18-5 all-time versus Lehigh ... the Mountain Hawks are 14-0-1 versus the Black Knights over the last 15 years ... Army's seven victories this season are the most since the 2007 team won nine games ... Army's two Patriot League wins are the most since the 2006 Black Knights won three conference contests ... Army's sixth-place finish in the Patriot League standings is its highest finish since placing fifth in 2006 ... Army accumulated seven points in conference games, the highest total for the Black Knights since the Patriot League adopted the points system beginning in 2007.

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