Oct. 9, 2011
Army vs. Bucknell Recap
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Sophomore midfielder Ruthie Rosenberger scored in front of the net in the 63rd minute, and Army keeper Monica Lee made two spectacular saves late in the game to preserve a 1-0 shutout over Bucknell in a Patriot League women's soccer match Sunday afternoon.
The shutout is Army's league-leading 10th of the season as the preseason favorite Black Knights moved to 2-0-1 in conference games and 9-2-3 overall. Bucknell fell to 1-2-0 in the league and 3-8-1 overall.
"It is great coming back with a win from Friday's 1-1 tie with Colgate " said Army third-year coach Stefanie Golan. "Every point matters, especially your points at home. I felt it was critical for us to get a win today as Sunday's games on Friday-Sunday weekends in the league are usually about `guts'. The first half I felt Bucknell had more guts than us. They were a little bit tougher and a little bit stronger.
"We lost Katie Wacker to an injury in the first five minutes of the game, and it is tough when that happens. Our team didn't rise up and bring the energy and bring the fight. At halftime we talked about that and came out with a new fire and a new competitive edge, along with a lot more composure. We started doing some of the set pieces we talked about at halftime and started getting more opportunities in the second half."
Firing just five shots between the two teams in the first half, Army and Bucknell ripped off 12 and eight shots, respectively over the next 45 minutes with the Black Knights tallying the lone goal just over nine minutes into the period.
Bucknell's Taryn Boucher took the first two shots of the second half, the second on goal in the 50th minute with Lee pulling up with her second of four save. The Black Knights took three shots to Bucknell's one over the next 13 minutes with Rosenberg scoring off a cross from senior forward Dee Clegg for her second goal and game winner of the season.
Clegg's cross from the right side bounced off Rosenberger's shoulder into the right corner of the Bison net that not only surprised the keeper, but Rosenberger as well. Clegg picked up her second assist of the season and career fifth.
"My job when I get on the field is to get in by the back post," said Rosenberger, "and I know that Dee (Clegg) can hit a ball pretty well across the goal. The ball hit off my shoulder and I didn't realize at first that it went in."
Rosenberger came close to scoring a second goal just over a minute later when her uncontested shot went over the top of the net. Prior to that attempt, Bucknell's Chelsey Garkowski's shot in front of the Army goal also went over the net.
Army and Bucknell battled the rest of the way with the Black Knights ripping off nine following their goal and the Bison booting five trying to score the equalizer. Lee pulled up with two key saves on dangerous chances when Bucknell took four shots, along with a corner kick, during a four-minute span over the final 15-plus minutes.
The Bison's Courtney Nelson took three of Bucknell's next four shots with her first hitting the crossbar in the 70th minute. Cassie Denger reached the loose ball a few seconds later, firing a 23-yard shot that was tipped on its way to the net forcing Lee to making a diving save to her left.
Nelson took the next two shots with the first going wide left in the 74th minute with her second shot a minute later heading to the right corner of the net. Lee was up to the challenge and was there to pull up with her final save to preserve her 10th shutout this season and career 17th.
The Black Knights outshot Bucknell 16-9 and led 8-3 in corner kicks. Lee finished with four saves and Bucknell's Sandita McDermoot made three along with a team save.
"We came out on our heels in the first half," stated Lee, a senior tri-captain, "but we put in a very good effort in the second half. The shots came hard, but we were able to keep our composure and we were able to pull it out at the end. It was good for us to come out and get the win after have a rough time Friday night with Colgate (teams tied 1-1 in 2OT)."
Golan was also impressed with Lee's late-game heroics stating "she came up with a big save and was going the right way initially, but the ball was deflected. It was big time the way she responded as quickly as she did."
Army, closing out a season-long six-game home stretch, is on the road for its next three league encounters starting next weekend when it visits tournament champion Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Lafayette leads the Patriot League standings with a 3-0 mark following a 2-1 OT win over American ... Army and Colgate are tied for second with 2-0-1 marks ... the Raiders posted a 2-1 win over Holy Cross Sunday ... Lehigh, the defending tournament championships, took over sole possession of fourth place following its 1-0 win over Navy ... the Midshipmen and Bucknell are tied for fifth place with 1-2-0 marks with Holy Cross and American next at 0-3.