Oct. 15, 2011
BETHLHEM, Pa. -
Preseason favorite Army and defending Patriot League tournament champion Lehigh battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw in a women's soccer conference match Saturday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
The tie is Army's second in its last three league matches and season fourth as the Black Knights stand 9-2-4 overall and 2-0-2 in the conference. The shutout is the eighth in the last 10 matches and 11th overall as Army stretched its unbeaten mark to six straight.
The Black Knights remain tied for second place in the league standings with Colgate as both show 2-0-2 records for eight points (three for a win and one for a tie). The Raiders battled Navy to a 1-1 overtime tie, while Lafayette remains unbeaten in the league at 4-0 following a 1-0 edging of Holy Cross. Bucknell and American play on Sunday.
Army outshot Lehigh (6-6-2, 2-1-1 PL) 6-3 in the first half, but the Mountain Hawks led 11-3 in the second half and 4-1 in overtime for a 19-10 advantage; both teams had just one corner kick.
Senior Monica Lee made six saves, four in the second half, and was only called upon to make one in the extra sessions, that coming late in the first overtime, to preserve her 11th shutout of the season and career 18th to close to within one of second place on Army's all-time list.
Though Lehigh held the shot advantage, Army's Errin Helbling had the most dangerous chance just over a minute into the second half. The senior forward's first shot just inside the box was blocked, but she got the ball back a few seconds later and her attempt was saved off the line by Lehigh defender Hannah Cochran.
Just before the halftime intermission, Army had three shots in succession over a span of 12 seconds. Lehigh keeper Ashley Blanks pulled up with a pair of saves on attempts by Lindsay Gordon and Alana Mitchem, with Dee Clegg's shot in the middle of the span blocked.
"It was a typical Patriot League battle as neither team did enough to win," said third-year Army head coach Stefanie Golan. "You have to want a game so badly that you find a way to win. Ending in a tie is tough, but it is a point on the road.
"Our team worked hard, but we lack that cutting edge at the moment and need players to step up and pull us through. We would have put ourselves in a great position within the conference with a win. Now everyone is still in the mix.
"We did not give up many dangerous chances and had opportunities, but didn't put them away. We are a team that battles hard, but we are not as clean and confident as we need to be all time. We are on the brink of being a really good team."
Army returns to league play next weekend when it visits Navy for the annual Star match Friday evening and American on Sunday in closing out a three-game league road stretch.
PITCH NOTES: The tie is the fifth in the last seven game and third overtime deadlock in the series that Army leads 14-5-4 ... it is the second time in league games that Army has been outshot ... Colgate outshot Army 20-15 along with Lehigh (19-10) and both games ended in draws ...GK Monica Lee shows a 0.38 GAA overall and 0.22 in league games.