Sept. 9, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Sophomore midfielder Ruthie Rosenberger scored in the first half and assisted on another as Army added second half goals less than a minute apart by Kim An and Lindsay Gordon in a 3-0 defeat of Virginia Military Academy in the opening round of the Army Soccer Classic Friday at Clinton Field.
The win is the third in-a-row for the Black Knights (4-1-1), who stretched their unbeaten streak to five straight, along with recording their fourth shutout.
Rosenberger notched her first career goal and game winner when she converted a pass from freshman Madison Oliver in the 37th minute as Army went into the locker room with a 1-0 first-half lead. Rosenberg set up the insurance goal just minutes into the second half when her free kick was headed into VMI's net by An in the 50th minute. It is the third straight game that An has scored this season, recording her fourth goal of the season and career 13th. The assist is Rosenberg's first this year and career second.
Gordon scored from eight yards off double assists from Errin Helbling and Julia Stallard in closing out the scoring with her second goal of the season and career fourth at the 50:46 mark.
The Black Knights dominated the game setting a season-high 39 shots, 20 in the second half, while Army's defense limited the Keydets (2-2-0) to just one shot in each period. Army goalkeeper Monica Lee was not called upon to make a save in recording her fourth shutout of the season and career 11th.Her counterpart, Amanda Berrios finished with 14 saves, nine in the second half. The Black Knights led 11-1 in corner kicks with six in the first half and five the second half.
"VMI did a good job of getting numbers behind the ball and slowing the pace of the game in the first half, and our team got frustrated," said Army coach Stefanie Golan. "We were happy Ruthie (Rosenberger) got in on the back post and finished an opportunity late in the half to put us into halftime up 1-0 instead of tied 0-0. In the second half, we picked up the pace a bit and scored two quick goals and created some additional opportunities.
"We were happy to score a couple of goals and pick up another shutout, but we have to put together a complete 90 minutes of quality soccer and quality effort to win on Sunday. We need to dictate the tempo of the game and focus on Army soccer and playing to that standard at all times as the season progresses. If we can do that, we will have a good year."
In the nightcap game between St. Bonaventure and Sacred Heart, the Bonnies snapped a 0-0 deadlock on Tori Burchett's goal in the 88th minute.
Army, ranked tied for sixth in the Mid-Atlantic Region, closes out the tournament Sunday against Sacred Heart at 3 p.m. following the St. Bonaventure-VMI game at 12. The Black Knights will be in the hunt for their second straight tournament title following last weekend's first-place finish at the Black Knight Classic.