Oct. 23, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C.- -
Army's 3-0 romp over American Sunday afternoon at Reeves Field clinched a berth to the Patriot League Women's Soccer Tournament for the preseason favorite Black Knights. The win enabled Army (10-3-4 overall) to retain its hold onto third place in the conference standings with 11 points behind a 3-1-2 league mark.
Colgate took over first place in the league standings following its 2-1 edging of Lehigh, and leader Lafayette dropped into second place after bowing to Bucknell, 2-1, in overtime. The final fourth spot to the tournament will be determined next weekend between Navy and the Bison.
Bucknell (3-3-0 for nine points), who handed the Leopards just their second league loss, needs a victory over the Midshipmen, while Navy (3-2-1 for 10 points) can clinch the final fourth berth with a win or tie.
The Black Knights, tying their second highest output of the season, scored just 1:37 into the game on Ruthie Rosenberger's third goal and game winner this year. Joey Molacek sent the ball to Rosenberger, who was in the box, after finding the ball at her feet following a rejection on her attempt to finish. The assist is Molacek's second of the season.
Army took that 1-0 lead into the halftime break as the Black Knights and Eagles traded shots with eight and seven each, respectively. Second-half goals by sophomore Kim An and Dee Clegg clinched Army's second win in the series, along with snapping the Eagles' nine-game series unbeaten string as the Black Knights posted their first win since 2002.
An's goal is her second over the weekend after tallying in Army's 3-2 heartbreaker to Navy Friday evening. The league's preseason Offensive Player of the Year scored her ninth goal of the season at the 70:43 mark. An settled a pass from Jaclyn Kalik and booted it into the net from 15 yards for her 18th career goal, which is one shy of breaking into the Black Knights' top-10 all-time list. The helper is defender Kalik's first collegiate point.
Clegg closed out the scoring with an unassisted tally in the 83rd minute for her second goal of the season and career ninth. The senior forward corralled a loose ball following a save by keeper Klare Lazor on Errin Hebling's shot that she buried into the net to close out the scoring.
The shutout is Army's and senior goalkeeper Monica Lee's 12th of the season. Lee moved into a tie for 10th place on the conference chart with her 19th career blanking to move into a three-way tie for second place on Army's all-time list.
An attempt by American's Michele Montillio late in the game was saved on the line by Kalik, then Lee rejected an attempt by Erin Mulhern 10 seconds later for her fourth save of the game.
"I am very proud of my team for the way we responded today," said a smiling Army coach Stefanie Golan. "Friday against Navy was a hard loss and to respond with today's 3-0 win is just huge. A lot of teams would have hanged their heads, but our team responded the way that we needed to.
"This is my fifth year at Army (first two assistant, last three as head coach) and we had never beaten American."
Army closes out its regular-season hosting Lafayette Sunday on Senior Day as the Black Knights honor Julia Stallard, Monica Lee, Errin Helbling, Lindsay Gordon and Dee Clegg.
NOTES: Second straight year that Army has earned berth to the league tournament ... Army's 12 shutouts are four off the school-record 16 set last year ... the Black Knights went 1-1 over the weekend in conference play while leader Lafayette bowed to Colgate and Bucknell to lose its spot ... Kim An leads the team with nine goals and one assist for 19 points with Errin Helbling and Joey Molacek tied for second with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists) followed by Ruthie Rosenberg (seven points) and Dee Clee with six points. ... Julia Stallard leads the team with three assists ... Army has allowed just nine goals this season and shows a 0.50 GAA.