Sept. 15, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Katie Holderscored twice, along with an assist, in sparking the Army women's soccer team to a 5-0 blanking of Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field. It is the most goals by the Black Knights since recording six against Albany in a 6-1 decision in 2005.
Holder scored three goals along with an assist and two game winners (lifted Army to a 1-0 win over Central Connecticut State Friday evening) in recording seven points over the weekend while boosting her career total to four goals and four assists for 12 points.
Holder opened the scoring nine minutes into the match off an assist from Jaclyn Kalik when she scored on an 18-yard shot into the left side of the Rams' net. Before the half was over, Holder set up the insurance goal when senior Kimberly Anconverted her cross in the 36th minute for a 2-0 lead.
An, who had a goal and assist, helped set up Holder's second tally as part of a double-assist tandem with sophomore Erica Ndlovufor Army's fourth goal of the game and second of three scored in an explosive second half that put the lid on the win. An's tally is her team-leading fourth of the season and career 29th as she moved into a three-way tie for seventh place on Army's top 10 list.
"I received a great ball from Jackie (Kalik) for my first goal," explained Holder. "I got the ball on my left foot at the top of the 18 and I pushed it into the bottom of the corner. The second goal started with Kim (An) fighting for the end line so hard. Erica (Ndlovu) shielded the goalkeeper, got her shot off, it bounced off the goalkeeper and I was able to put it in."
The Black Knights (4-3-1) boosted their 2-0 halftime lead to 3-0 on Anna Lail's tally off an assist from Mallory Herron ten minutes into the second half for her second goal this season and fourth overall.
Army closed out the scoring with a pair of late goals over an eight-minute span. Holder recorded her second goal in the 73rd minute followed by senior defender Molly McGuigan's35-yard free kick that went untouched into the net in the 81st minute. It is McGuigan's second goal of the season and career third (second time off a free kick).
In goal, Army freshman keeper Jordan Cassalia pulled up with three outstanding saves from close range in the first half when URI held an 8-5 shot advantage. Cassalia made one stop in the second half in finishing with four before turning over the net the final six minutes to Jessica McAllister.
"Today was a more competitive game than the score indicates," said Army head coach Marcia McDermott. "I was pleased with the way our back line is starting to jell and making good decisions together. That is a real positive for us coming out of this game.
"The other positive for us was our goal scoring," continued the first-year coach. "It was a good display of good finishing, but also grit in the box. We love to see that from our team, and that is a big step for us."
Army and Rhode Island (4-4-0) each had 10 shots for the game with the Rams holding a 2-1 lead in corner kicks. All three corners were taken in the second half.
Army opens Patriot League play Saturday (Sept. 21) when it visits Bucknell. The Black Knights were picked fifth in the league's preseason poll and the Bison were seventh.