Sept. 11, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Senior Monica Lee made six saves in a 0-0 double overtime draw with Sacred Heart in the final game of the inaugural Army Women's Soccer Classic as the Black Knights captured the title Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field. Lee was named the MVP as Army clinched the crown after besting St. Bonaventure on goal differential as both posted identical 1-0-1 tourney records.
Lee was joined on the all-tournament team by Molly McGuigan, Ruthie Rosenberger and Julia Stallard. Rosenberger scored a goal and assist and Stallard added a helper in Army's 3-0 opening-round win over Virginia Military Institute, with McGuigan playing a key defensive role limiting Army's opponents this weekend to just 15 shots in 200 minutes of action. It is the second straight week that Lee and McGuigan were named to the all-tournament team after helping Army defend its Black Knight Classic title last weekend.
St. Bonaventure and VMI played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in the first game at Clinton Field Sunday afternoon on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The Bonnies, who defeated Sacred Heart 1-0 on a late goal in Friday's opening round, recorded a pair of goals in the tournament to Army's three. Sacred Heart finished third (0-1-1) and VMI (0-1-1) was fourth.
Army (4-1-2) came up short of finishing its chances several times, to include hitting the crossbar (Stallard in the first half and Kim An the second half), along with McGuigan's attempt that hit the post less than a minute left in regulation. A few other one-on-attempts either went wide or over the top of the net as Army stretched its unbeaten streak to six straight, along with posting its second straight shutout and fifth this season.
Lee's two saves in the first half came early followed by three in the second half, including a header, with her final rejection coming two minutes into the first overtime off a long free kick. The Army keeper picked up her second shutout this week and season fifth in boosting her career mark to 12 in earning a share of fifth place on Army's all-time list with former star Beach Sachse (1987-88).
The native of Crystal Beach, Fla., has allowed just three goals in 670 minutes this season to show a stingy 0.40 goals-against average, along with a .906 save percentage. Lee's 29 saves are a season high and just 18 shy of the 47 that she posted over the past three years.
Head coach Stefanie Golan, whose team has recorded 21 shutouts in a span of 28 games dating back to last year when Army led the nation in goals against average, shutout percentage and save percentage, was disappointed with today's tie.
"We hit the post, we hit the crossbar and we did a lot of things," said Golan. Unfortunately all weekend, we did not play the quality of soccer that Army is capable of playing. That is the most disappointing thing for me. We just had a bad weekend.
Fortunately we had a win and a tie, which was good enough to win the tournament. We have to dig deep over the next couple of days so when we come out to training on Tuesday, we will be ready to get started for next weekend. It is going to get tougher. You have that point of a season where this is a lull, and we just hit it. Now we have to break through and move forward.
Army takes to the road for the first time since Aug. 21 when it heads to Stony Brook Friday, then returns home to open a seven-game stretch Sunday starting with Delaware,
"Stony Brook is a team similar to Sacred Heart,' noted Golan, who is in her third year as head coach. "It will be a challenge for us, so we have to play our brand of soccer and play to our standard at all times."
ON THE PITCH: Army lost to Sacred Heart 1-0 last year in the season opener - just one of four losses Army suffered last year and one of five goals allowed during the regular season .. the series is tied 1-1-1 ... the Black Knights have scored 10 goals this season while holding their opponents to three ... Army has been shut out three times ... Black Knights hold a 144-79 shot advantage and lead 37-25 in corner kicks ... Kim An tops Army with four goals and one assist for nine points, along with two game winners ... Joey Molacek and Julia Stallard had four shots each against Sacred Heart with two of Molacek's attempts on goal.
2011 Army Soccer Classic Standings
1. Army (1-0-1)
2. St. Bonaventure (1-0-1)
3. Sacred Heart (0-1-1)
4. VMI (0-1-1)
Monica Lee (Most Valuable Player)