WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Elizabeth Betterbed scored just 1:57 into the contest and junior goalkeeper Alex Lostetter recorded six saves as Army made that early lead stand en route to a 1-0 blanking of Hartford for its first-ever women's soccer win over the Hawks before 400 fans on sun-splashed Clinton Field Sunday afternoon.
Betterbed scored her first goal of the season when she blasted a close shot into the right side of the Hartford net following a misdirection of a ball by a defender who headed an Army cross into the ground by the left post. The senior midfielder snagged the loose ball and finished off the opportunity for Army's quickest goal of the season and her career fifth.
"The scheme was to come out today and put forth a full effort for 90 minutes," noted head coach Stefanie Golan as her team improves to 4-3-1. "We were not concerned about being pretty, but just wanted to be intense for the full 90 minutes. It was huge for the players to put forth such a great effort."
Lostetter recorded her fourth shutout of the season and career 20th in becoming Army's all-time leader. She recorded three stops in both halves with back-to-back saves just 1:15 apart late in the first half as the Black Knights held a 9-7 shot advantage. Hartford picked up the pace in the second half, outshooting the Black Knights13-6, but only three were on goal with Lostetter making her first two saves early and last at the 83:19 mark when Alex Uscilla directed the ball right at her as Lostetter has been the goalkeeper of record in all five Army shutouts this season.
"It feels good to have the record, especially since I never thought about breaking anything," remarked Lostetter after becoming the school's all-time leader after tying the former school shutout mark of 19 last weekend against Saint Louis (1-0). "It is something that I will always remember, and I am just a junior.
"It is something I will share with my teammates. It is not just me; it is the girls with me on the team who helped me get here. The defense was awesome and it was a total team effort. The record is just not mine, it is the whole teams."
Hartford's most dangerous chance came 6:37 after Betterbed's tally when Mary Beth Hamilton's shot hit the top of the crossbar, but Lostetter was in position had it been a few inches lower. Hamilton finished with a game-high six shots, while Bettered had five for Army with two on goal. Hartford keeper Lauren Brodeur, who ranked nationally last year, finished with three saves, all in the second half as the Black Knights posted their first win over the Hawks after bowing 1-0 in the first three matches in the series that began in 2005.
Army, which closed out a four-game road trip Friday evening at Iona, heads to Brown Thursday and is home for a short stay when it hosts Fairfield on Sunday (Sept. 27). The Black Knights return to the road where they will play their first five matches in October when they open their Patriot League slate as the defending champions.
NOTES: Army posted its first-ever win over Saint Louis last weekend and Hartford this weekend, while its lose Friday night to Iona (1-0) was the first-ever in that series ... sophomore forward Deanna Clegg, senior defender Caitlyn Gallagher and goalkeeper Alex Lostetter are the only three players on the team who have drawn starting assignments in all eight ... all eight Army matches this season have been shutouts with the Black Knights winning four and battling another to a double overtime draw while suffering shutouts in their three losses.