Sept. 3, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Freshman Anna Lail tallied in the 72nd minute, and sophomore Linda Rosas made four saves as Army upset Seton Hall, 1-0, at Clinton Field Monday evening. The win snapped the Pirates (5-1-0) five-game win streak and leveled the Black Knights' season mark to 3-3-0 following their first shutout of the season.
Seton Hall had five shots to Army's four shots in a scoreless first half with Rosas making both saves within a three minute span in the first 15 minutes of play. Her second stop was a spectacular diving save on an attempt by D'Yonna Riley, a local product from Washingtonville, N.Y.
With less than a minute remaining to halftime, Kim An was racing to an open net following a loose ball but could not get control of it before it went out of bounds. Seton Hall also came up short when Kaitlyn Ritter's shot on an open net hit off the post and the rebound bounced past Ashley Clark with six minutes remaining.
Both teams had opportunities at the start of the second half with Army's Joey Molacek's shot deflected by Taylor Mims into the goalkeeper's hands at 50:27. Two minutes later, Molly McGuigan's header was snagged by Kelly, then Ritter got past the Army defense. Her shot went wide right before Seton Hall had its first shot on goal that Rosas pulled up with the save in the 56th minute.
After Army freshman Hanna Rozzi's header just skimmed over the top of the net at the 67:14 mark, she came back with a strong defensive move two minutes later stealing the ball from a Seton Hall player heading to the goal.
The lone goal of the game came at 72:20 when Lail beat the keeper with a low shot to the bottom corner of the net off double assists from Ruthie Rosenberger and Kim An .
"I didn't have any control of the ball, but a goal is a goal," laughed Lail after scoring her second goal of the season and first game winner."
Rosas, earning her first career shutout while improving to 3-2-0, was not called upon to make a save over the time remaining as Army's defense, which ranked among the national leaders in 2010 and 2011, limited the Pirates to just two shots and two corner kicks.
Seton Hall outshot Army 10-6 in the second half and both teams had five corner shots. The Pirates held a 15-10 shot advantage and the Black Knights led 7-6 in corner kicks.
"We are in the same place we were last year when Seton Hall came in undefeated, and we knocked them off," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "That was in the back of our heads after not getting the result we wanted Friday (Army fell 1-0 to Stony Brook in overtime). So it was important for us to come back and play well and hard today against a good Big East team with a very good result.
"The shutout will help us get started again. It is always difficult as the caliber of teams we play are just a little bit harder with each game, but we had better coverage today and we were a little bit sharper. We reacted better and we just fought. The back four did a great job, but also the midfielders were blocking shots and putting their bodies on the line just to make certain Seton Hall didn't score."
Army closes out its four-game home stretch hosting the Black Knight Classic this weekend. The two-time defending champions take on Iowa Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Syracuse on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
"We are taking it just one game at a time," continued Thompson, "and our goal for Friday's game against Iowa is simply to be a little bit better than we were today."
PITCH NOTES: Army's last four games have been decided by a goal ... Army is 2-2 during that span ... the win snapped a two-game losing stretch ... it is the second straight year that Army defeated the Pirates 1-0 ... Kim An, who had a hand in today's tally, scored the game winner last year ... Anna Lail ranks second on the team in scoring with four points (two goals) ... goalkeeper Linda Rosas shows a 1.10 goals-against average.