Oct. 4, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army men's soccer team will return to the friendly confines of Clinton Field for the first time in more than a month on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Black Knights host Patriot League rival American at 7:30 p.m.
The Black Knights (2-6-1, 0-1-1 PL) have not played a home match since dropping a 2-1 decision to Binghamton on Labor Day. Army wrapped up its month-long sojourn away from West Point by playing Navy to a 1-1 draw last Saturday in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
American (5-4-1, 1-0-1 PL) enters Saturday night's contest tied atop the Patriot League standings after defeating Bucknell, 1-0, last weekend. The Eagles, who show a 1-3-1 record away from home this season, have not won on an opponents' field since beating Cal State Fullerton in the season opener.
Saturday's match will be video streamed live via Knight Vision, Army's expansive multimedia outlet. Fans can sign up for the subscription-based service by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com).
Live stats for the Army-American tilt will be available via GameTracker. The link is accessible by logging onto Army's website and navigating to the men's soccer page to access the link. In-game Twitter updates will also be provided via the official handle of Army men's soccer (@Army_MSoccer).
Army enters Saturday's showdown looking to break free from a six-game winless streak. The Black Knights, who have not tasted victory since shutting out Iona in late August, halted their five-game losing skid last Sunday with the draw versus Navy. Army begins the weekend in seventh place in the Patriot League standings.
Senior midfielder Michael Kim converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute, and sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt made two of his season-high seven saves in overtime as Army salvaged a tie versus the Midshipmen.
Kim and senior midfielder Josh Koeppe are tied for the team lead with two goals and five points apiece. Kim also paces the squad with 21 shots.
Boldt has enjoyed a steady sophomore season. Through nine matches, the second-year keeper boasts a 1.63 goals-against average and .700 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.
American brings a high-flying offense to West Point. The Eagles, who scored seven goals versus Howard in an early-season match, are averaging nearly two goals per game. AU's attack is paced by senior forward Alassane Kane. The fourth-year performer, who was named to the All-Patriot League first team last season, leads the squad with four goals and nine points. Junior forward Colin Seigfreid, who tops the team with three assists, is tied with Kane for the team lead with nine points.
Junior goalkeeper Billy Knutsen has been steady in the Eagles' cage this season. Through 10 games, he shows a stingy 0.99 goals-against average and an impressive .808 save percentage.
Army and American will be squaring off for the 13th time when the programs clash tonight. The Eagles, who have prevailed in the last five meetings, hold a 9-2-1 edge in the all-time series. AU defeated Army, 3-0, last season in Washington, D.C.
Following Saturday night's match, Army returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 9, when the Black Knights travel to Garden City, N.Y., to face regional rival Adelphi. The Black Knights secured a 2-1 victory versus the Panthers last season at West Point.