Oct. 5, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. -
Army forward Joey Molacek scored a pair of goals, each time tying the score, but Jillian Kinter snapped a 2-2 tie with just over three minutes remaining to lift Colgate to a 3-2 Patriot League women's soccer win over the Black Knights Friday evening at Van Doren Field.
After Colgate opened the scoring on Catherine Williams' goal in the 19th minute, Molacek tallied the equalizer 10 minutes later when she beat keeper Ashley Walsh on a penalty kick.
Both teams had five shots in the first half with three on goal to head into the locker room tied at 1-1. Colgate (7-4-2, 2-0 PL) snapped the deadlock in the 66th minute on a goal by Caroline Brawner that put the Raiders, the league's preseason favorite, in front 2-1. Four minutes later Molacek took a pass from Kim An and went in and scored on a breakaway to retie the match 2-2.
Late in the game, Colgate capitalized after winning the ball off a goal kick. A header started the rally with the Raiders playing the ball thru to Kinter, the league's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, who tallied in close off an assist from Williams. Williams and Kinter each had a goal and assist in Colgate's first home win over Army since 2006.
Molacek, who had a game-high five shots with three on goal, took over as Army's leader in goals (six) and points (14). The pair of goals are her career 12th and 13th. Freshman Candace Stewart also had three shots on goal as Army outshot the Raiders 12-7 in the second half and 17-12 for the game. The Black Knights held an 8-6 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, Black Knight sophomore Linda Rosas tied her career-high with seven saves, while her counterpart Walsh finished with eight saves.
"It was a tough loss tonight," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "The team played well and battled the entire way and came back twice. We had plenty of opportunities, but could not find the finishing touch, and we did not have enough time after they snapped the tie for the second time."
Army (5-8-0, 0-2-0), the defending Patriot League Tournament champions, will look to rebound against Bucknell on Sunday. The Bison fell to Colgate, 4-1, last weekend's league opener.
ON THE PITCH: The loss to Colgate snapped Army's four-game unbeaten streak against the Raiders and is the Black Knights first loss in the series since a 2-1 defeat at West Point in 2009 ... it was dejavu for Molacek at Van Doren Field as the Army junior tallied both goals in a 2-0 win over the top-seeded Raiders last November in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament ... Army holds a 15-11-2 lead over Bucknell after pulling out one-goal decisions the last two years.