NEWARK, Del. – Lehigh senior Daniela Molina scored for the fifth straight game, but it was not enough as the Mountain Hawks fell to Montana 2-1 Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Delaware Blue Hen Classic at the Delaware Mini-Stadium. The loss is the second in a row for the Brown and White, and drops Lehigh to 2-3 on the season. Montana improves to 2-1 in 2006.
The game was scoreless into the 40th minute until Montana took the lead on an unassisted goal by Carrie Lee and led 1-0 at the Break.
The Mountain Hawks pulled even just over eight minutes into the second half on Molina’s fifth goal of the season. Grizzlies’ keeper Grace Harris’ clearance attempt deflected off Molina, and the Lehigh senior outraced three Montana defenders to the loose ball and deposited it in the back of the net to tie the game.
The deadlock was short-lived, however, as Montana took the lead for good three minutes after Molina’s goal, when Lindsay Winans knocked home Lydia Cotton’s pass for a 2-1 lead.
Playing without senior captain Gina Lewandowski once again, the Mountain Hawks pressed for an equalizer, but were unable to manufacture a second score.
The Grizzlies out shot the Mountain Hawks 14-8 and held an 8-4 advantage in corners. Sophomore Julie Kafka was credited with five saves, while Harris sent aside four Lehigh shots.
Another bright spot for Lehigh was the return of senior Tara Stottlemyer, who saw her first game action since 2003, playing 10 minutes after missing the last two full seasons with an injury.
The Mountain Hawks will return to the pitch on Sunday when they wrap up play at the Delaware Blue Hen Classic against the host Fightin’ Blue Hens of Delaware. Game time is set for 2:00 from the Delaware Mini-Stadium in Newark.