FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Kim An tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season and senior keeper Alex Lostetter made a diving save late in the game to preserve Army's 1-0 win over host Fairfield in a non-conference women's soccer match Sunday afternoon. The shutout is the Black Knights seventh in their last eight games in moving to 7-2-0, while the Stags leveled their season mark at 4-4-0.
The Black Knights and Stags battled to a scoreless first half deadlock with Army getting off five shots with two on goal to Fairfield's one. Army's first shot on goal was taken by Kelley Robbins in the 15th minute and the second by Deanna Clegg with eight minutes left to intermission. Army's defense allowed Fairfield just one shot with Nicole Cavallaro's attempt rejected by Lostetter in the 31st minute.
Fairfield outshot the Black Knights in the second half (8-6), but the first of Army's two shots on goal found its way into the back of the net for all the scoring needed. Carolina Rice won the ball on the near side after beating a defender one-on-one, then slid the ball across to An. The freshman midfielder got past a defender and then beat keeper Kelly Boudreau, the MCAA's reigning defensive player of the week, with a 14-yard shot at the 57:08 mark when she came out to challenge her.
It is the sixth straight game that An, who is ranked 50th nationally in goals per game, has scored while the game winner is her third. The helper is Rice's team-leading second of the season. An has scored a goal in every game during the month of September.
Fairfield, coming off of close losses to nationally-ranked teams in Georgetown (2-1) and Boston College (2-0), ripped off six of the next eight shots with the final two on goal. After a full extension save on Jasmin Corniel's close shot to the far post with nine minutes remaining, Lostetter made her second save of the half and third of the game just over three minutes later en route to preserving her fourth shutout and the Black Knights' seventh of the season. Lostetter moved to 4-1 on the season with her 24th career blanking while boosting her win total to 25.
Army hopes of an insurance goal came up short when Boudreau pulled up with third and final save of the game on Donna Bennett's shot in the 86th minute.
"The team keeps learning from every game," said Army coach Stefanie Golan as the Black Knights' seventh win of the season ties last year's total. "The Brown game earlier in the week was disappointing as we had a few lapses in judgment that allowed them to tie the game, then win it, but we gutted it out to the end. The team continues to play hard and do what we need to do to get results. The marquee thing about this team is we continue to play extremely hard."
Army closes out a three-game road stretch this weekend when it visits New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday and Fordham on Sunday. Last year the Black Knights defeated NJIT 3-0 while battling the Rams to a 0-0 double overtime draw, the first in the series.