Oct. 28, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Freshmen Bailey Widman and Katie Holder scored early and late in the first half for all the goals needed in leading the Army's women's soccer team to a 2-0 blanking of Lafayette in the Patriot League season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon at Oaks Stadium.
Army (8-10-0, 3-4-0 PL) outshot the Leopards (4-12-2, 1-6-0 PL) 14-3 with seven shots on goal and led 12-3 in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Linda Rosas and freshman Jessica McAllister were not called upon to make a save in combining for their second straight league shutout.
The Black Knights tied with Bucknell and Lehigh for fourth place in the standings with identical 3-4-0 records in compiling nine points (three for a win), but the Mountain Hawks won the tie breaking procedure for the fourth berth.
Widman scored on her second attempt of the game when she beat Lafayette goalkeeper Lauren Smedley when her shot hit the inside far post off an assist from classmate Candace Stewart to give Army an early 1-0 lead at 9:58. The goal is Widman's second of the season and first game winner with Stewart picking up her second assist.
In the final minutes of the first half, Holder's header off Courtney Johnson's corner kick in the 40th minute gave the Black Knights a two-goal lead which they would not relinquish. Army took eight of its 12 corner kicks in the first half and had seven shots in each half. It was the first goal of the season for Holder and Johnson's first assist.
Holder and Widman, who took game-high honors with three shots, two on goal, each had a shot on goal in the second half rejected by Smedley. Holder's attempt was seven minutes into the second half and Widman's came in the 77th minute as Smedley finished with five saves.
PITCH NOTES: Army pulled ahead in the all-time series with Lafayette, 19-2-2, and stretched its unbeaten streak to six games ... the win is Army's first over Lafayette since 2009 with the last two games ending in draws ... junior Joey Molacek closed out the year leading Army in scoring for the first time after finishing second last year ... Molacek topped Army in goals (seven) and points (17) along with posting three assists and two game winners ... junior Kim An finished second in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points, while leading Army in assists (four) and game winners (four) ... the freshman swept the next five spots as they combined for nine goals and six assists for 24 points with Candace Stewart leading the group with six points (two goals, two assists) to finish third.