Aug. 17, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
The Army women's soccer team scored all three of its goals in the opening half, and made that stand in a 3-1 defeat of Vermont in the season debut for both teams Friday afternoon at Virtue Field. It is Army's first season-opening win since 2008.
The freshmen made an impact tallying two of the goals with newcomer Hanna Rozzi opening the scoring nine minutes into the game in her first collegiate start. Classmate Bailey Widman closed out the first half scoring with a header off a cross from sophomore Mallory Herron in the 35th minute.
Junior Kim An, a two-time Patriot League first team honoree and a member of the inaugural 2012 preseason all-league team, scored the second goal in the 27th minute. The goal is her career 20th and the game winner, her ninth, moved her into a tie for sixth place on Army's all-time top 10 list.
Rozzi tallied from 25 yards in giving Army a quick 1-0 lead, while An beat the keeper one-on-one to boost the Black Knights' advantage to 2-0. Late in the first half, Widman notched her first career goal as the Black Knights headed into the locker room with a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Sophomore goalkeeper Linda Rosas recorded three saves in the opening half in her first collegiate game. With just over six minutes remaining, she came far out to challenge the ball and made a quick grab on a shot that was headed for the goal.
After peppering the Vermont goal with 12 shots in the first half, the Black Knights were limited to just two in the second half as they outshot the Catamounts 14-8 and led 7-5 in corner kicks.
Vermont averted the shutout when Bre Pletnik scored off a cross from Alexandra Dezenzo in the 88th minute.
"It was good to start off the season with a victory," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "Today's game is a starting point in a process that has us working towards the end of the season that will put us in the best position we can be in the Patriot League standings.
"We have had two exhibition games and this game was better than the other two. That is what we are looking toward, and we want to just keep getting better as we go."
Army heads to Rhode Island to take on Providence on Sunday for a 1 p.m. start in closing out the opening weekend of competition.
NOTES: Army is 8-3-0 against Vermont in a series that began in 1992 ... the Black Knights have won three of the last four meetings ... three freshman earned starting nods in the opener - Katie Holder, Brooke Hepfer and Hanna Rozzi - with seven others drawing time .. overall 10 freshmen were among 21 Army players.