June 6, 2013
2013 Women's Soccer Schedule
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head women's soccer coach Marcia McDermott has a challenging and exciting schedule as she heads into her first season at the helm. The Black Knights' 18-game slate is highlighted by eight home matches (to include Navy) and four NCAA Tournament participants. In addition, the Patriot League has been expanded to 10 teams with Boston University and Loyola (Maryland) joining the conference.
McDermott has 21 returning letterwinners from last year's squad, to include all 12 scorers who accounted for 69 points (24 goals, 21 assists), and two of three goalkeepers who combined for a 1.44 goals-against average.
Leading that contingent are Patriot League all-stars Molly McGuigan, Joey Molacek and Kim An. McGuigan, a three-time first-team selection as a defender, helped backstop Army to four shutouts including back-to-back blankings in the final two games of 2012. A starter since her freshman year, McGuigan has played a pivotal role in Army's 35 shutouts over that span.
Molacek and An, two-time all-league selections alternating between midfield and forward, led Army in scoring last year with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Molacek was the leader with seven goals and tied for second in assists (three), while An topped the squad in assists (four) and game winners (four), along with six goals.
McDermott's squad will get its "baptism by fire" early with preseason exhibitions are against NCAA participants Long Island University (Aug. 13) and Stony Brook (Aug. 18) as the first-year coach will look to captains Molacek and McGuigan to set the pace on a 28-player squad that consists of 16 underclassmen.
Army opens its 2013 season on the home front for the first time since 2009 when it hosts Fairfield on August 23 at Clinton Field. The Black Knights are on the road for their next six games that has the team busing to New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.
The first of four NCAA teams on Army's schedule has the Black Knights taking on Rutgers in a Sunday afternoon matinee on Aug. 25. Labor Day Weekend finds Army at Seton Hall Friday (Aug. 30) and Massachusetts on Sunday (Sept. 1).
Army closes out its third straight road weekend visiting Fordham (Sep. 6) and NCAA participant Princeton (Sept. 8). The Black Knights close out their longest road stretch on Sept. 13, when they take on Central Connecticut State.
Army hosts Rhode Island on Sept. 15 prior to returning to the road for the Black Knights' Patriot League opener on Sept. 21 against Bucknell.
The Black Knights open a three-game home slate starting with a visit from Binghamton in their final non-conference tilt on Monday, Sept. 23. Army makes its home league debut against new conference rival Boston University on Sept. 28. The Terriers competed in America East last year and won the regular-season title compiling an unbeaten 8-0-0 conference record and 12-6-1 overall showing. A few days later, defending Patriot League champion and NCAA participant Colgate visits the Black Knights (Oct. 2)
Army heads to Baltimore, Md., to take on new conference rival Loyola, who won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament posting a 12-6-4 mark last year, on Oct. 5.
The Black Knights are home for three of their final five regular-season conference matches. Army hosts league rival American (Oct. 13) and Lehigh (Oct. 19), the latter in a doubleheader with the men, who are home to American at 1 p.m. followed by the women's match at 3:30. The Black Knights head to Holy Cross (Oct. 23) and Lafayette (Oct. 26) in closing out the road portion of their slate before returning home to take on Navy, last year's regular-season champions, in the season finale on Nov. 1.
Hopefully by that point, the Black Knights will have earned a berth to the Patriot League Tournament, which has expanded to 10 teams this season with the addition of Boston University and Loyola (Md.) to the conference membership.
Six teams earn a berth with the top two receiving a bye in the first round on Nov. 5 with the semifinal and championship matches held at the home of the No. 1 seed on Nov. 8 and Nov. 10, respectively.