Oct. 21, 2012
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WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Kim An tallied back-to-back goals in Army's 4-0 romp over American in a key Patriot League match on Senior Day that kept alive hopes for a postseason berth. Freshman Hanna Rozzi and Katie Pound closed out the scoring in Army's highest output this season and most since tallying five goals against Stetson early in 2011.
The Black Knights moved to 7-10-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the league to tie with Holy Cross (2-4-0) and Lehigh (2-4-0) for fifth place with six points each. Navy (5-0-1) took over sole possession of first place in the league with 16 points on the heels of its 2-1 win over Holy Cross, while Lehigh upset Colgate, 1-0, to knock the Raiders (4-1-1) into second place with 13 points. American (4-2-0) held onto third place with 12 points following its loss to Army. Bucknell (3-3-0) defeated Lafayette, 1-0, to take over sole possession of fourth place with nine points
While Army is still a contender for a berth , it doesn't control its own destiny as Bucknell could clinch the final berth with either a win or draw at Navy next weekend. If the Midshipmen win their final game and American defeats Colgate, it could open the door for the Black Knights. Navy, Colgate and American clinched berths Friday evening.
Army started off the game testing American's goalkeeper Charlene Belanger just minutes into the game with back-to-back shots by Candace Stewart and Ruthie Rosenberger over a four-minute span. An, a forward, broke through in the
36th minute on a 12-yard shot that landed in the right-hand corner of the net off a pass from classmate Joey Molacek for a 1-0 lead and all the scoring needed.
Army led 1-0 at halftime after outshooting the Eagles 12-4 with five shots on goal, two by An. In goal, Army sophomore keeper Linda Rosas made her second save of the opening half in the 34th minute and would be called upon to make just one in the second half in finishing with three. Jessica McAllister played the final five minutes and was not called upon to make a save in combining with Rosas on Army's third shutout of the season and first in league play.
The Black Knights wasted little time in the second half taking three quick shots, the first on goal by Anna Lail just 39 seconds into the game. Five minutes later Molacek and Katie Holder ripped off back to back shots over a two-minute span, the first on goal.
Following an offside call against American, the Black Knights added the insurance marker with An chipping the ball over the keeper's head following a long pass from Brooke Hepfer for a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute. The goal is An's sixth of the season and career 25th in taking over ninth place on Army's top 10 list.
Before the half ended, Army would add a pair of late goals by freshmen Rozzi and Pound. Rozzi scored off her own rebound on a header that hit the crossbar and bounced back. She finished it off in the 80th minute for her second goal of the season. Just over two minutes later, Pound tallied her first collegiate goal off an assist from Candace Stewart that she buried in the left side of the net.
The game was the final for senior Melissa McLaws, and the players dedicated it to her. McLaws, a defender, had one of Army's 11 shots on goal with Belanger finishing with six saves along with a team save. The Black Knights outshot American 24-6 along with holding a 10-3 corner kick advantage that included an 8-1 margin in the second half.
"Senior Day was a big part of our win today," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "The important thing we talked about was our character - what are we made of. What people wanted to see was how we bounce back (following 1-0 loss to Navy Friday). Are we good, are we strong, are we going to come out as a team and do everything we can in our last two games no matter what is on the line.
"That was the main thing, and the second was Mel (McLaws), who has done a fantastic job for us as a senior. She has done everything we have asked and brought the freshmen into the fold. She has been a great leader for us, and the team came out here today and did it for her. I am very happy about that."
Army closes out its regular-season slate visiting Lafayette next Sunday.