Scoreless losing streak plagues Men's Soccer

AU Men's Soccer's scoreless streak continued last Saturday as the Eagles fell 2-0 to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Reeves Field.

The Eagles are now scoreless in their last three games and the last 273 minutes and 40 seconds, including the final minutes of their 3-1 win at George Mason back on Sept. 20.

Like their last two losses, AU again dominated the shots and corner kicks leading Lehigh 15-7 and 7-3 respectively.

And unlike their mid-week clash against Navy, AU did not have the excuse of missing their two leading scorers, juniors Andrew Herman and Peter Philipakos, who both started.

Philipakos had almost as many shots as Lehigh, with six on the afternoon. But again it was AU's opponents who capitalized on relatively few chances, compared to the Eagles' many.

Midfielder Kyle Hansen put the Mountain Hawks ahead early, scoring past AU 'keeper Thomas Myers after latching onto defender Ben Gucciardi's cross from the right wing in the 12th minute.

AU pushed for an equalizer and created several chances, forcing Lehigh 'keeper Sam Bishop to make six saves in the match. Unlike AU's last two opponents, Lehigh nailed the coffin shut late in the game, when defender Steven Fisher's unassisted goal doubled the score in the 78th minute.

AU, who falls to 3-6-1 overall and 0-2 in the Patriot League with the loss, will travel to Worcester Mass. to face PL eternal rival Holy Cross this Saturday. With only five games left in conference play, almost every league game is a must win if AU is to finish in the top half of the PL and qualify for the conference tournament.

The last time AU had a week between games was after the George Mason win. The Eagles haven't won since, and only hope that this time the week off can reverse the trend.

AU hopes to snap its scoreless streak when the team travels to Holy Cross on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.

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