Nov. 3, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Senior midfielders Michael Kim and Arnold Chun both netted goals on Senior Night as Army and Lehigh played to a 2-2 draw in a Patriot League men's soccer match on a brisk and windy Saturday evening at Clinton Field.
Kim, who converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute, assisted on Chun's marker in the 59th minute to help the Black Knights finish the season 4-10-3 (1-3-3 PL).
Ben Davis and Ben Wysocki tallied second half goals for Lehigh (4-12-1, 2-4-1 PL). The Mountain Hawks needed a victory to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament, but came up just short in their bid to reach the postseason.
"It's always very special to see seniors contribute on Senior Night," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "All of our seniors are very tight, but Michael (Kim) and Arnold (Chun) are very close and it was nice to see them both finish goals for us. I thought we played some great soccer tonight. There were moments, especially in the first half, where we possessed the ball positively. It was a great effort for the guys, and I think we can draw a lot of positives from tonight."
Lehigh enjoyed a 6-4 edge in shots during the first half, but Kim tallied the lone goal of the frame when he beat LU goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent with a PK at the 14:20 mark. Sophomore defender Sean Mogan, who pushed the ball up from the back row, drew the foul against the Mountain Hawks in the box. Kim then calmly converted the ensuing penalty to give Army an early 1-0 advantage.
The Black Knights' cushion held up until Davis' header beat Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt less than three minutes into the second half. The goal was set up by an Army foul and a Lehigh set piece. Wysocki, who picked up an assist on the goal, began the play when he booted a crossing pass from right to left. Davis charged into the penalty area, leapt high into the air and redirected Wysocki's service into the back of the net at the 47:35 mark.
Army reclaimed the lead 11 minutes later when Chun scored on a header of his own. Kim served a corner kick from the left side into the box and Chun came crashing down toward the near post and flicked the ball past Nugent to give the Black Knights a 2-1 advantage at the 58:36 mark.
Lehigh was able to net the equalizer off another set piece as Wysocki curled a bending 26-yard shot through traffic and past Boldt into the lower left-hand corner of the cage.
Both teams fired five shots during overtime, but neither team was able to crease the net and the match ended in a draw.
The Mountain Hawks outshot the Black Knights by a 22-13 margin, and they also enjoyed a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. The physical match saw Army commit 26 of the 34 fouls assessed.
Boldt (4-10-3) finished with three saves for Army. Nugent (4-11-1) made two stops for Lehigh.
Match Notes: Army moves to 19-18-6 all-time versus Lehigh ... the Black Knights have not defeated the Mountain Hawks since 1996 ... Army finished the season 0-3-3 in overtime games ... the Black Knights donned their alternate black and gray striped camouflage jerseys for the match.