Oct. 9, 2012
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -
Freshman forward Jordan Lee scored the game-winning goal as time expired to lead Army past Adelphi, 2-1, in a non-conference men's soccer match Tuesday evening at Motamed Field.
Freshman midfielder Parker Dixon was credited with an assist on Lee's marker, which lifted Army (3-7-1) to its first victory since securing a 3-0 win over Iona on Aug. 31. Adelphi, which saw its losing streak extended to seven straight, falls to 1-11-0 on the season.
"I am proud of the fact that we found a way get a win tonight," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "We started aggressively and generated scoring chances right off the bat, and we were effective in front of the net. We continue to get better offensively, as evidenced by the fact we've scored five goals over our last three games."
Army senior midfielder Josh Koeppe opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he stole the ball from a defender and beat Adelphi goalkeeper Ahmad Salamah for his third goal of the season. The unassisted marker gave the Black Knights an early 1-0 advantage.
"Josh was composed with his opportunity and scored a big goal for us," said Payne. "It's always good to jump on top early, but give credit to Adelphi for battling back."
Adelphi tallied the equalizer midway through the first half when Chris Joseph scored off an assist from Omar Edwards in the 27th minute. Edwards crossed the ball to Joseph, who beat Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt for his second goal of the year.
Both teams registered eight shots during the opening stanza, and the Panthers held a 5-3 margin in corner kicks. Koeppe paced the Black Knights' offense in the first half with two shots on goal.
The second half was a back and forth affair that saw both teams generate quality scoring chances. Then, just when it appeared that Army was heading towards its third straight overtime match, Lee took a feed from Dixon following a scramble in front of the net and tapped the ball past Salamah for the game winner.
"We inserted Jordan into the match with about three minutes remaining, knowing that he has a knack for scoring goals," said Payne. "He has been working extremely hard in practice, and I am happy for him."
Army outshot Adelphi 7-5 in the second half, and the Black Knights finished with a 15-13 margin in shots. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Golonski fired a team-high three shots to pace Army's attack.
Adelphi held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Edwards registered a team-best three shots to lead the Panthers offensively.
Boldt (3-7-1) made all three of his saves in the first half en route to his fifth career victory. Salamah (1-11-0) was credited with three saves for Adelphi.
Army returns to its Patriot League slate on Saturday, Oct. 13, when the Black Knights host Colgate at Clinton Field. The conference match is scheduled to get under way at 7:30 p.m.
Match Notes: Army improves to 9-13-1 all-time versus Adelphi ... the Black Knights have defeated the Panthers each of the last two seasons by identical 2-1 scores ... tonight's win marked Army's first road victory of the season (1-5-0) ... Josh Koeppe now leads Army with three goals and eight points this season.