WEST POINT, N.Y. - Freshman Kim An notched her second straight game winner over the weekend when she capitalized on a loose ball in the 59th minute to lead Army to a 1-0 non-conference women's soccer win over Manhattan Sunday afternoon at sun-splashed Clinton Field. The Black Knights (4-1-0) have registered 393 minutes of action without allowing a goal following their fourth straight shutout decision.
Army outshot Manhattan (1-2-0) 7-3 in the first half with its two shots on goal coming in the first 6:38 of the game on attempts by Erringer Helbing and Kelley Robbins. The Jaspers' (1-2-0) lone shot on goal came in the 32nd minute when Caroline Morse's pass forward wound its way to the goal where Army keeper Alex Lostetter made a sliding save.
The game's lone goal came in the second half off a corner kick sent in from the left side by Deanna Clegg. The ball went in, came back out and bounced in again hitting Ah, standing by the near post, in the chest and she volleyed it in at the 59:09 mark for her team-leading third goal of the season. The freshman midfielder had a pair of goals along with an assist in Friday's 3-0 blanking of Quinnipiac.
Just prior to Army's winning tally, Lostetter made a sliding save following a hard shot across the goalmouth by Morse for her lone stop of the second half at 57:45. Fifteen minutes after An's goal, Manhattan took its lone corner kick of the game while Army's defensive pressure allowed the Jaspers just one shot over the final 30 minutes with Morse making her game-high fourth and final attempt in the 69th minute.
The Black Knights, outshooting Manhattan 9-5 in the second half and 16-8 overall, came up short of an insurance goal with two of its final six shots rejected by Jasper keeper Alyssa Bachowski, with another pair blocked and two going wide. Lostetter finished with two saves in recording her second shutout of the season and career 22nd, while Bachowski made three of her five stops in the second half in finishing with five saves. Nine players took Army's 16 shots with Clegg ripping off three.
"This game was again about the team's wiliness to come out and battle," explained second-year Army mentor Stefanie Golan. "We were a little sluggish the first half and allowed Manhattan to stay with us. They are a good team, but if we focus on the things that we do well, we are going to play with anybody and will have a good result.
"We came out the second half to battle and our goal was because of that grittiness. We had another shutout which is important to us along with defending our home turf in another total team effort."
Army returns to action hosting the Black Knight Classic this weekend. The Black Knights take on Marist in the 7 p.m. nightcap following the Vermont-Florida Gulf Coast matchup at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 10). The Red Foxes take on the Eagles Sunday (Sept. 12) morning at 11 a.m. followed with the Black Knights meeting the Catamounts in the final game at 2:30.
NOTES: It is Army's best wins via shutout (four) start since posting a school record nine straight in 1993 ... the Black Knights went on to set a school record 20-1-1 that year ... Army's 4-1 showing equals its best start since 2008 ... Kim An leads the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points along with a pair of game winners ... the Black Knights have outscored their opponents 6-1 along with a 62-35 shot advantage ... Army will host its own tournament (Black Knight Classic) this weekend for the first time since 2008 ... Jaspers coach Brendan Lawler was an assistant men's goalkeeping coach at Army from 2006-09 ... the Black Knights rank first in the Patriot League in non-conference wins with four.