Sep 1, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
Senior Molly McGuigan scored in the first half and classmate Kimberly An tallied in the second half as the Army women's soccer team blanked Massachusetts, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak as the Black Knights leveled their season mark to 2-2-0.
McGuigan, a defender, tallied off of sophomore Brooke Hepfer's corner kick when she beat keeper Danielle Kriscenski on a header inside the six in the 42nd minute. The goal and game winner are just the second of her career and first since her freshman year. The three-time All-Patriot League first team selection backstopped the Black Knights to their second shutout of the year in limiting the Minutewomen (0-3-0) to just two shots on goal.
"The goal came off a corner kick on a very well served ball," said Army first-year coach Marcia McDermott. "Molly got up high and finished it very well. She played such a good game all the way around today, and showed tremendous leadership besides getting the game-winning goal."
Army's insurance goal was recorded in the 75th minute by An, who has ranked among Army's leaders since her freshman year. The Black Knight midfielder, who led all players with four shots, chipped the ball from 18 years to the far post over the goalkeeper's head in recording her team-leading second goal of the season and career 27th - two shy of moving into seventh place on Army's top 10 list.
"Kim's goal came off a great defensive effort from our back line," explained McDermott. "Kim showed tremendous initiation and effort as she took on a defender and was very composed in her finish."
In goal, freshman Jordan Cassalia wasn't called upon to make a save until late in the game when Massachusetts ripped off four shots, two on goal, over the final four minutes of action. Cassalia, who earned the nod at season's start, rejected back-to-back attempts by Jackie Bruno and Grace Coombs over a span of 1:49 at the start of the barrage in recording her second shutout of the season. The Minutewomen's next shot hit the crossbar followed by a header that sailed over the net in the final minute of play in the first meeting between the teams.
"Jordon did a very good job preserving the shutout today," noted McDermott. "At the end, Massachusetts put a lot of pressure on her and she handled it with composure."
Army outshot Massachusetts 16-10 in ripping off eight shots in each half with four on goal as Kriscenski finished with two saves. The Black Knights held a 4-3 corner kick advantage in the first half, but the Minutewomen were awarded three corners in the second half for a 6-4 advantage.
The Black Knights are in the midst of a five-game road slate that began this weekend. Army visits Fordham (Sept. 6) and NCAA participant Princeton (Sept. 8) next.
"It is always good to get a win on the road against a competitive team on their home field," noted the Army coach. "It is a tough thing to do, and the team showed tremendous resolve in getting that done today."