FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Army men's soccer team got back on the winning track Wednesday evening, defeating Sacred Heart, 3-1, in a non-league match at Campus Field. The Black Knights scored twice in a span of 91 seconds midway through the second half to break a 1-1 tie and earn their second victory of the season.
Sophomore midfielder Mitch Johnson, sophomore defender Trent Brown and sophomore forward Michael Kim all scored goals for the Black Knights, who had not won since defeating Rider in late September. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Currens played well in the Army cage, turning aside four of the five shots he faced to pick up the victory for the Black Knights.
"I am very happy for the team," said first-year Army head coach Russell Payne. "The guys deserve what they got tonight. We have been executing better over the last several games and it all came together tonight. We were opportunistic in the box on Mitch's goal, and he put it away. Then, we created our own luck when Josh Koeppe got fouled in the box, leading to Michael's goal. Trent's been helping us a lot over the last few games, stepping up from the back, and he deserved a goal."
Brown netted what proved to be the game-winning tally in the 60th minute off an assists from junior defender Carson McReynolds and Kim. The goal, Brown's first career tally, put Army on top 2-1 at the 59:50 mark. Then, just 1 minute, 31 seconds later, Kim converted a penalty kick to provide Army with an insurance marker. Kim's goal was his first of the season.
The Black Knights (2-11-1) got on the scoreboard in the eighth minute when Johnson scored off a feed from freshman midfielder T.J. Rowe. Kim got credit for a second assist as he started the play with a free kick into the box. The goal, Johnson's second of the season, gave Army a 1-0 lead at the 7:34 mark.
Neither team was able to generate much offense the rest of the half as each squad was credited with three shots in the stanza.
Sacred Heart (10-5-1) netted the equalizing goal less than five minutes into the second half when Justin Brewer scored off a pass from Edwin Victor at the 49:28 mark.
Army reclaimed the lead just 10 minutes later on Brown's goal and the Black Knights assumed full control of the contest following Kim's PK.
Army outshot Sacred Heart 11-6, including an 8-3 margin in the second half. The Black Knights held a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal, and they also enjoyed a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
Army returns to the friendly confines of Clinton Field on Sunday, Oct 31, when the Black Knights host Lehigh in a Patriot League match. The contest, which has been designated Senior Day, will begin at 1 p.m. Army will look to build upon its modest two-game unbeaten streak.
"We should carry a great deal of momentum and confidence into Sunday's match versus Lehigh," said Payne. "I expect nothing less than what we have been able to achieve over the last few games. We just need to go out and play Army soccer."
Notes: The all-time series between the two schools now stands at 5-1-2 in favor of Army ... the Black Knights have scored 12 goals this season, surpassing last year's total of nine ... Kim leads Army with four assists this season ... it marks the first time Army has scored three goals in a game since defeating Birmingham Southern, 3-1, on Sept. 19, 2008, a span of 40 games ... Army has scored at least one goal in four straight games since opening the 2008 season by scoring in four consecutive matches ... Army is unbeaten in its last two games, its longest unbeaten streak since the 2007 season.