WEST POINT, N.Y. Junior midfielder Drew Biddick s booming shot in the first half hit the top of the crossbar and bounced into the goal in leading host Army to a 1-0 women’s soccer win over UMBC in the first meeting Sunday afternoon on sun-splashed Clinton Field. The blanking is Army’s fourth of the season as the Black Knights moved to 3-4-1.
Biddick tallied her first goal and game winner of the season in the 25th minute game with a 35-yard shot and Army made that stand en route to posting its second win in its last two outings. The Black Knights outshot the Retrievers (1-6-1) 14-5 in the first half and 23-15 for the game with 10 of their shots on goal.
Freshman keeper Alex Lostter made three saves, two in the first half, to level her season mark at 2-2-1 along registering her second shutout. She has had a hand in three of Army’s four blankings in showing an 0.70 goals-against average.
UMBC did not get its first shot off until 28 minutes into the match when Elyse Bilardo’s shot was stopped by Lostetter. Ashley Singer ripped a 15-yard shot at Lostetter for the second save of the first half by the Army keeper.
Army had six shots on goal in the first half against UMBC’s Christine Backinski, who finished with nine stops.
The Black Knights continued their assault at UMBC’s net in the second half with four opportunities occurring in the first 13 minutes of action. Sophomore Elizabeth Betterbed had two attempts during that span with the first saved and the second going wide right. Jenna Roberts had the first shot on goal in the second half, while Sarah Goss, who finished with a career-high nine shots, took the first shot of the second half but her header went wide of the net.
UMBC’s most dangerous attempt was off the foot of Ashley Singer, who topped the Retrievers with six shots, in the 52nd minute where her shot hit the outside net on the right side. Singer took two of UMBC’s final three shots, the first blocked in the 78th minute and the second in the final five minutes going wide.
Army registered six of its eight corner kicks in the second half with Beterbed, Elizabeth Costello and Kelley Robbins taking the final three.
The win was the third of the season at Clinton Field where the Black Knights show a 2-1 mark.
“The team played hard all week and came out with a 2-1 mark, which gets us closer to the .500 mark,” commented head coach Gene Ventriglia. “We had a lot of shots on goal and kept their keeper busy.”
The Black Knights, who have played five of their first eight games on the road, visit Fordham Tuesday evening in a regional matchup prior to opening a six-game home stretch that starts Sunday, Sept. 30, with Brown.
ON THE PITCH: Freshman defender Janis Shannon earned her first start of the season ... Army’s win is the 246th in the history of the program ... the Black Knights are 1-1 thus far this season against schools from America East ... four Army games have been decided by a goal and the Black Knights are 2-2 ... freshman goalkeeper Alex Lostetter shows a stingy 0.70 goals-against average ... Army has outshot its opponents 119-106.