FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sophomores Deanna Clegg scored a goal in the first half and Lindsay Gordon tallied in the second half as Army blanked Stetson 2-0 in a women's soccer game delayed over an hour by lightning in the opening round of the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic Friday evening at the Florida Gulf Coast University Soccer Complex.
The shutout was the third straight for the Black Knights, now 2-1-1, as Alex Lostetter and Monica Lee combined on the decision. Army closes out the tournament against host FGU Sunday afternoon. The Eagles are playing two NCAA participants in their own tournament, taking on Tennessee-Martin in the second game this evening and the defending Patriot League champion Black Knights on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Clegg opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a shot from the top of the box that hit just below the crossbar off a pass from freshman Melissa McLaws for what would prove to be the game winner. McLawss, recording her first assist of the season, sent a diagonal ball behind the defenders to Clegg who took a few touches in converting the first of her team-high five shots - three on goal. The tally was the fifth of her career and second game winner.
Army held a slim 7-6 shot advantage in the first half with its final three shots on goal coming over an eight-minute span following Clegg's tally. The first two shots by Elizabeth Betterbed and Clegg were team saves with the other rejected by keeper Andrea Garavaglia who finished with four stops. Lostetter made all three of her saves, the first just 1:22 after Clegg's goal, over an 18-minute span in the first half.
With 34 minutes left in the second half, the game was delayed by lightning. Shortly after resuming, Gordon tallied her first career goal from 10 yards on the left side of the net at the 59:41 mark following a pass from Ashleigh Sheets who flicked it to her off of Christine Kaila's free kick for Army's first double assist of the season.
Both teams booted four shots in the second half with three of Army's on target and two for the Hatter (2-3-0), who fell in their last outing 3-0 to No. 5 Florida State.
Lee recorded both of Army's saves in the second half playing the final 20:18 of the game as the Black Knights finished with five stops overall. Stetson held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks including a 3-0 margin in the second half.
"The team played hard tonight, but we did not play well," commented first year coach Stefanie Golan. "I discussed our play with the team afterwards and they agreed that they could have played a lot better but we had a win and a shutout. We will enjoy the win but it is back to work as we are watching the Florida Gulf Coast game against Tennessee-Martin and trying to gauge what we can exploit."
Army, which opened a four-game road slate this weekend, heads to St. Louis, Mo., next weekend to taking on Saint Louis following its game against FGCU Sunday.
NOTES: The Army-Stetson match was the first-ever meeting between the two teams ... the Hatters are members of the Atlantic Sun and the loss to the Black Knights knocked them under .500 ... there will be live stats for host FGC's game with Army on Sunday ... the Black Knights are unbeaten and unscored upon in itheir last three matches (2-0-1) ... Deanna Clegg has scored a goal in every win along with a game winner to lead the team with four points (2 goals) and Ashleigh Sheets has scored in both wins (goal and assist), to include a game winner, to rank second on the team with three points ... seven of Clegg's team-high 13 shots were on goal ...the assist by Christine Kaila was the first point in her car