Oct. 7, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
Cassie Denger scored the opening goal in the first half and set up the second half goal as Bucknell defeated Army, 2-0, in a Patriot League women's soccer match at Emmett Field Sunday afternoon before 250 fans.
The Black Knights suffered their third straight road league loss in slipping to 5-9-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the league. The Bison posted back-to-back league shutouts over the weekend to improve to 9-6-0 and 2-1-0.
Army outshot Bucknell 16-14 and led 5-0 in corner kicks, but came up short. The Black Knights' first three shots of the game by Mallory Herron, Katie Holder and Kim An over a span of 3:39 were thwarted by goalkeeper Sandita McDermott, who finished with four saves.
Denger put Bucknell on the board on the Bison's fourth shot on goal. After beating Army goalkeeper Linda Rosas to the ball off a pass from Evelyn Nicinski, Denger tapped it into net just 13:25 into the game for a 1-0 lead.
Army had some good looks over the time remaining to half with four of its shots going wide with another blocked. The Bison, who tied the Black Knights in shots with eight in the second half, opened the stanza with three straights shots (on goal, blocked and wide) over a minute span before Courtney Nelson headed the ball in off a cross from Liz Dwornik inside the six in the 54th minute for a 2-0 Bison lead.
Only one of Army's eight second-half shots were on goal with two blocked, four went wide and another high as the Black Knights suffered their second straight shutout of the weekend. Freshman Candace Stewart led Army`s attack with three shots with Joey Molacek, An, Holder and Brooke Hepfer each ripping off two shots.
"We started out well and played solid with good opportunities," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "Even after Bucknell scored the first goal, I thought we would be able to score a couple of goals.
"For the most part we dominated a lot of the play and a lot of possessions and had the ball in their end. We had several corners with some set pieces, and it looked like it was going to happen, but it just didn't go in for us in the first half.
"The second half was a more even game and unfortunately we were not as composed as we should have been because we were behind," continued Thompson. "But that is just a little bit of a maturity thing we will obviously grow out of. After Bucknell scored its second goal, we pressed and pressed with good opportunities and chances, but could not finish them off. It wasn't our best soccer, but I felt if we could have scored that first goal, we could have won."
After being on the road for the last three games and five of the last six, Army returns home to host league rival Lehigh on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.
"We are looking forward to coming home," added Thompson. "It is tough starting the Patriot League season on the road. To give yourself a good opportunity, you need to win one or two of those games and we didn't. The good thing is we will be home for three straight league games and need to do a good job in order to get into the top four spots to the Patriot League Tournament."