Sept. 1, 2001
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Miami (2-0) freshman Megan Weigand (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) tallied her first collegiate goal late in the second half Saturday afternoon to give the RedHawks a 2-1 victory over Lehigh (0-2). The RedHawk freshman recorded the goal with only 5:50 remaining in the contest to give Miami its second straight victory.
"I'm proud that we were able to keep our heads on straight after trailing early in the second half," said Coach Lil Fesperman. "We had people today that aren't used to playing 70 minutes really come up big for us."
In a neutral site contest on Syracuse's Coyne Field, the Red and White held Lehigh to a scoreless tie after 30 minutes of action. The Mountain Hawks narrowly missed taking a 1-0 lead into the lockerroom when Jane Knowles' penalty stroke was stopped by Miami's senior goalkeeper Marie Vaughn (Davis, Calif./Davis) at 26:07 in the first half. The save was one of four for Vaughn in the first period. Vaughn finished the game with a season-high 12 saves.
"We never really got into our game-plan during the first half and as a result looked really flat," commented Fesperman. "Our style of play is a focused possession game and we were playing the big-ball game instead."
The first team to strike in the second half was Lehigh with 24:39 remaining off an unassisted goal by Cindy Tindall. An unphased RedHawk team responded just 3:14 later when freshman Meredith Lee (San Jose, Calif./Lynbrook) scored her first collegiate goal off a pass from junior Sarah Clarke (Bridgewater, Mass./West Bridgewater). Lee continued her outstanding play throughout the second period by making a defensive stop and later assisting Weigand on the game-winning goal.
"Meredith played out of her head for us today," said Fesperman. "She came off the bench and put forth an unbelievable effort to help us win."
Despite being outshot 18-9 by Lehigh, the RedHawks improve to 2-0 for the first time since the 1998 campaign when they began the season with three victories. Miami will play Syracuse tomorrow, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.