Aug. 31, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army men's soccer team erupted in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 3-0 victory over Iona in a non-league game Friday evening at Clinton Field.
Sophomore Kyle Golonski, senior Josh Koeppe and freshman Cody Guerry each tallied markers in the second stanza to help lift the Black Knights (2-1-0) to their second home blanking of the young season. Iona, meanwhile, falls to 1-2-0.
Army sophomore Devin Perlee added two assists for the Black Knights, while second-year goalkeeper Winston Boldt stopped both shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season.
"I'm extremely proud of the way our guys played tonight," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "I hope that they're a little more convinced by how much their preparation means in terms of performance. They prepared well for this one and they executed at the right times, and that's really what I'm the most proud of. It looked like they were having a lot of fun out there."
After a scoreless first half, the Black Knights wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the second stanza as Golonski converted his first goal of the season less than three minutes into the frame. Koeppe jump-started the play when he sent senior Brennan Randel into the penalty area with a deftly placed lead pass. Randel then dribbled the ball into the box before sliding a pass over to Golonski, who scored from just outside the six-yard line.
Koeppe gave the Black Knights some breathing room in the 63rd minute when he took a cross from Perlee and buried a shot from point-blank range. Freshman Parker Dixon picked up his first career assist on the goal as well.
Guerry capped the scoring in the 71st minute off another assist from Perlee. Freshman Justin Kim was also credited with an assist on the play after playing the ball to Perlee.
"I think there was a little bit more belief in the second half, and definitely better execution," added Payne. "Kyle Golonski had a fantastic game for us in terms of becoming more of a provider at the right moments. The guys finished their chances and I think we increased our level of commitment to play our way. I think that's what changed in the second half."
Both teams finished with 11 shots in the contest, while Army enjoyed a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Iona goalkeeper Borja Barbero made three saves for the Gaels.
Army will return to action on Monday, Sept. 3, when the Black Knights host Binghamton at 5 p.m.
Match Notes: Army improves to 15-4-0 all-time versus Iona ... the Black Knights' victory snapped Iona's modest two-match series win streak ... Army wore its alternate gold jerseys for this evening's contest ... the Black Knights have shut out two of their first three opponents for the second straight year ... Josh Koeppe's goal was the sixth of his career ... his assist was the third of his career ... Cody Guerry's marker represented his first career goal ... Kyle Golonski scored his third career game-winning goal ... Devin Perlee now owns four career assists ... Brennan Randel recorded his first career assist ... Winston Boldt owns three career shutouts.