ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Senior defender Christine O'Leary blasted a 40-yard shot into the net in the second half and goalkeeper Alex Lostetter pulled up with 10 saves as Army handed host Saint Louis a 1-0 defeat in front of 1,263 fans at Robert R. Hermann Stadium on Patriot Day.
The Billikens (1-4-1) held a 23-5 shot advantage, but three of the Black Knights (3-2-1) four shots in the second half were on goal with O'Leary capitalizing on a poor clear by goalkeeper Hannah Perry early in the second half. The Army senior was unchallenged as she quickly bounced on the ball, took a touch and unleashed a shot that tucked under the upper right corner of the net in the 51stt minute for her first goal of the season and career second.
Following O'Leary's game winner just 6:20 into the game, the Billikens launched 14 of their 15 shots over the time remaining with Lostetter posting four of her saves within a three minute span while closing out that run with back-to-back stops just 22 seconds apart.
Lostetter tied the school record for shutouts with her third of the season and career 19th, joining Kristine Beardsley (1989-91) and Mary Kidd (1996-99). The native of Pittsburgh, Pa., equaled her single-game save record (10) set two years ago at the same field in a 1-0 double overtime loss to SLU. Lostetter recording five stops in each half with several dangerous situations on Army's flank as the Black Knights posted their first win over the Billikens after snapping SLU's four-match lead in a series that began in 2002.
"Alex was just outstanding in net as there were several dangerous situations," noted first year coach Stefanie Golan, who enjoyed a homecoming as a native of that area.
"The win is a huge step for our program and it is my first time seeing the team walk away with a win after being under this type of pressure ."
The Black Knights, who spent Friday morning visiting the St. Louis Children's Hospital, will join host Saint Louis along with Air Force for a Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA) clinic Saturday at the Soccer Park.
Army will close out its four-game road slate next weekend when the team visits Iona Friday (Sept. 18) followed by a home match Sunday afternoon (Sept. 20) against Hartford.
NOTES: Head coach Stefanie Golan had a family reunion with parents Gene and Marie Kraay, who live in Defiance Mo., while younger brother Brad Kraay lives with his wife Stephanie and two-year-old daughter Xylia in St. Peters, Mo. ... also a native of the St. Louis area is athletic intern and 2009 USMA graduate Amelia Janoski, who starred on the pitch all four years ... it is the fourth one-goal game in series with SLU ...the Billikens had three players with four shots each and their 23 shots is the most against Army this season, bettering 19 by Maryland in the season opener ... Army has blanked four of its last five opponents.