Army Opens Season With 2-1 Loss At Marist

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- Army sophomore midfielder Mitch Johnson scored his first career goal, but it was Marist taking a 2-1 victory as both teams opened the 2010 season Wednesday night at Tenney Stadium. Black Knight head coach Russell Payne made his head coaching debut during the evening's match.

Marist lead 2-0 with goals in the 29th minute and the 60th minute, before Johnson collected a loose ball off a corner kick from the right side and converted from close range to put Army on the board in the 86th minute.  Junior midfielder Carson McReynolds was credited with an assist on the play.

"Unfortunately, we made some mistakes that led directly to two scoring opportunities, which a good team like Marist is going to convert, said Payne. "As a group, we have a lot of bad habits that we still need to work out and it is going to be a step-by-step process as we prepare ourselves for Patriot League Play."

Marist got on the board in the 29th minute. Following an Army turnover in the right corner, Stephan Brossard took a short feed from Steven Morales and beat Fiuk on the far post from 10 yards away.

Army had a solid scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute. Sophomore forward Michael Kim struck a free kick from 23 yards out that scooted through the Red Fox defense, and forced goalkeeper Joe Pilla to make a diving save on the left post. The ball deflected around the box before McReynolds took a hard shot from close range that Pilla was able to glove over the crossbar.

Marist made it a 2-0 game in the 60th minute after junior Lucas Szabo converted a heavy strike from just outside the 18 after being awarded a free kick on an Army foul.

"Clawing back with a goal at the end was a positive, but we had other opportunities earlier in the game that we need to be able to convert. That is what good teams find a way to do and what we need to learn from."

Sophomore goalkeeper Michal Fiuk was credited with a career-best eight saves during the game, including six in the second half as Marist build a 17-9 advantage in shots.

BLACK KNIGHT NOTES: supplied a free webcast of the game ... Army sophomore Michael Kim was named the Army Player of the Game, while Marist's Stephan Brossard was named the award winner for the Red Foxes ... the replay will be available for fans who couldn't watch it live on ... tonight's game was the first of four road games to open the 2010 season for Army ... the Black Knights will next be in action on Saturday at NJIT with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m.

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