Oct. 19, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's soccer team fell to Navy, 1-0, following a defensive battle with the Midshipmen in Friday evening's "Star" match at Clinton field with 2,250 spectators in attendance.
Jade Seabrook snapped a scoreless tie when she tallied in the 72nd minute on a header off of Julie Schumacher's set piece that not only lifted Navy (16-1-1, 4-0-1 PL) to the win over Army (6-10-0, 1-4-0 PL), but also clinched a berth to the Patriot League Tournament.
Army and Navy combined for seven shots with just one on goal in an intense first half battle with the Black Knights earning three corner kicks. The Midshipmen took four of the first five shots, most of those from long range, with Army taking the last two shots. Freshman Anna Lail's attempt in the final three minutes just missed the far left post. In the final seconds, Army goalkeeper Linda Rosas covered a loose ball with her body in denying Navy's Lily Kraemer from taking a shot as the teams headed into the halftime break scoreless.
The Black Knights started off the second half with back-to-back corner kicks with Kim An's header off the second corner going over the net. Navy, which had four shots on goal, had its first of the second half from close range by Kaylie Davidson rejected by Rosas in the 68th minute. Four minutes later, Navy capitalized on Seabrook's header.
Army, outshooting Navy 11-6 in the second half along with a 5-3 corner kick margin, ripped off four straight shots over the time remaining, but could not capitalize. Lail, who had three shots, made a nice move past a defender, but her shot on goal was grabbed by Elizabeth Hoerner in the 78th minute, while Army's final shot on goal at 85:14 by Joey Molacek from 10 yards was also saved. An (five) and Molacek (four) combined for nine of Army's 14 shots to Navy's 10, along with an 8-3 Black Knight corner kick advantage.
"We didn't allow Navy to have many opportunities in the first half," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "They had a few to start off the second half, but Linda (Rosas) came up big. Overall, it was a good game with two teams very intense out there that worked very hard.
"Unfortunately, we didn't score, but I felt we created a lot of opportunities. The ball just didn't fall for us tonight. Of Navy's chances, that goal was not the one I would have picked to go in. We had a bit of an unfortunate mental breakdown in not holding the line on that. Many of Navy's first half chances were the long ball, and we knew it would bounce to our keeper if we left it the way we were supposed to."
Army will look to bounce back Sunday on Senior Day in closing out the home portion of its slate. Senior Melissa McLaws will be honored prior to the start of the game at 1 p.m.
PITCH NOTES: It is the 14th Army-Navy game decided by a goal with Army showing a 9-5 advantage ... the win is Navy's first at West Point since 2006 ... Colgate and American also clinched playoff berths tonight with the Raiders, who are tied with Navy for first place, defeating Lafayette, 4-2, and the Eagles (4-1-0) shutting out Holy Cross, 1-0 ... just one berth remains to the league tournament being hosted by the regular-season champion Nov. 2/4.