ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior midfielder Amelia Janoski’s goal in the 75th minute snapped a scoreless deadlock and keeper Alex Lostetter pulled up with a key save in the final seconds of play as Army held on to defeat host Albany 1-0 Friday evening in an opening-round game at the Governor’s Cup at Varsity Field. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak as the Black Knights improved to 5-3 on the season.
Janoski beat Albany keeper Amber Maisonet with a low shot to the left post following a pass from Christine O’Leary, who dribbled the ball down the right sideline. She crossed the ball to Janoski just outside the top of the box, and the Army senior’s lone shot of the game from 15 yards landed in the left corner of the net for all the scoring Army would need.
Albany’s Katie Grant came close to tying the game with less than 30 seconds remaining. After dribbling past several Black Knight defenders, Grant blasted a shot to the upper right side of the net but was denied when Lostetter leaped high in the air to pull up with the save, her third of the game. Lostetter leveled her season record to 3-3 with the win along with posting her second blanking of the season and career seventh.
Army outshot Albany (2-8-0) 9-5 in the first half and 18-15 for the game along with dominating in corner kicks with a season high 14, including 10 in the second half, to the Great Danes one. Maisonet made seven stops for the Great Danes, rejecting four in the second half.
The Black Knights, who are near the end of a seven-game road slate, face Siena Sunday afternoon. The Saints and Sacred Heart battled to a 2-2 overtime tie in the opening game of the tournament.
NOTES: Head coach Gene Ventriglia rushed back to West Point following the win to attend the Hall of Fame dinner where former player Alexis Albano (USMA ’96) was inducted with the class of 2008 ... Albano is the second of Ventriglia’s players to be honored, joining Holly Pedley, who was inducted in 2005 ... following Sunday’s game, the Black Knights close out their seven-game road stretch with a visit to Marist Tuesday evening.