Aug. 30, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army men's soccer team returns home for a pair of games over Labor Day Weekend. The Black Knights will face Iona on Friday (7:30 p.m.) before hosting Binghamton on Monday (5 p.m.).
Both matches will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform available via Army's official website. Live stats will be available through GameTracker and in-game Twitter updates will also be offered via the Black Knights' official handle (@ArmyAthletics).
Army will be looking to get back on the winning track on Friday when Iona invades Clinton Field. The Black Knights began the season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Air Force, before dropping a 2-0 decision at Seton Hall.
Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt posted his second career shutout in the win over Air Force in the season opener. Boldt turned aside all seven shots he faced en route to the blanking. He was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week for his efforts. Boldt was also selected as the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week and the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.
Sophomore defender Tommy Jaeger, who helped keep Air Force off the scoreboard from his center back position, was recognized as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. He became the first Army player to earn this honor since Matt Wesmiller in 2004. Jaeger also added an assist on freshman midfielder Parker Dixon's game-winning goal in the 15th minute.
Iona enters Friday's contest showing a 1-1-0 record after splitting its first two games of the 2012 campaign. The Gaels opened the season with a 1-0 win at Adelphi, before dropping a 1-0 home decision to UC Riverside. Iona has outshot its first two opponents by a combined margin of 32-14.
Sophomore forward Ignacio Maganto leads Iona offensively with one goal and 11 shots. He tallied the game-winning goal versus Adelphi in the 71st minute, converting a rebound.
The Gaels' defense is backstopped by sophomore goalkeeper Borja Barbero, who shows a 0.50 goals-against average and .750 save percentage through two contests.
Last season, Iona went 15-4-1 before losing in the MAAC Tournament.
Binghamton (0-2-0) is still searching for its first win of the young season. The Bearcats will play at Buffalo on Friday evening, before traveling to West Point to battle Army on Monday afternoon.
BU began the season by dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to defending Patriot League champion Colgate. The Bearcats then lost to Syracuse, 1-0, in their home opener.
Senior forward Jake Keegan and junior defender Tommy Klim are tied for the team lead with one goal apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Logan Calvey, who made a career-high nine saves in the setback to Syracuse, has a team-high 14 stops in 140 minutes of action.
Army and Iona will be meeting for the 19th time when the regional rivals clash this evening. The Black Knights hold a 14-4-0 edge in the all-time series that began in 1981. The Gaels have won the two most recent meetings, including last season's 2-1 overtime decision.
Despite being separated by a mere 157 miles, Army and Binghamton will be locking horns for the very first time when programs meet on Monday.
Following this weekend's action, Army will begin a five-game road trip at nationally-ranked Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 8.