Sept. 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Kimberly An redirected a cross from classmate Ruthie Rosenbergerinto the Bucknell net just over a minute into the second overtime to lift Army to a 2-1 victory over the Bison in the Patriot League opener at Emmitt Field Saturday afternoon.
The win is the third straight for the Black Knights (5-3-1, 1-0-0 PL), who were picked fifth in the Patriot League's preseason poll with Bucknell (3-6-0, 0-1-0 PL) listed seventh. Army leads the all-time series 15-2-2 following its third win in the last four years.
Sophomore forward Candace Stewart opened the scoring in the 41st minute when she booted the ball into the net from 25 yards after it hit the ground following a long free kick by senior defender Molly McGuigan. The goal is Stewart's first of the season and career third, with McGuigan picking up her first helper of the season.
Army's 1-0 lead proved short lived as Bucknell notched the equalizer just over a minute into the second half, and neither team could break through over the next 54 minutes before An snapped the 1-1 tie.
The Black Knights outshot Bucknell 17-13 in regulation, and did not allow the Bison a shot in the overtime sessions while reeling off five shots (two on goal) with An tallying on her fifth shot of the game. In goal, freshman keeper Jordan Cassalia made four saves, all coming in regulation.
The game winner is An's first of the season and career 13th to tie for fourth place on Army's all-time chart with Hall of Famer Holly Pedley (1994-97). The goal is the senior forward's fifth of the season and career 30th as she took over seventh place all-time at Army and her next goal moves her into a tie for sixth place.
It was a tremendous resilience from our team," said first-year Army head coach Marcia McDermott. "We played pretty well in the first half, and when we gave up the goal early in the second half, we stayed strong and focused.
"In the overtime, we had very good individual effort from Ruthie (Rosenberger) winning the ball in the midfield and fighting for the end line; and Kim (An) at the near post. It was a very composed finish and a very intense game, and it was great to get a win on the road in the Patriot League. Bucknell played very well today."
The Black Knights return to action Monday evening hosting Binghamton, 7 p.m., at Clinton Field in closing out the non-league portion of their schedule. Army, 3-2-1 on the road, is 2-1 at home this season.