WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite outplaying host American, Army ran into a hot goalkeeper in Lindsey Farthing who made 11 saves, including nine in the second half, as the Eagles held on for a 2-1 Patriot League women's soccer victory over the Black Knights Sunday afternoon at Reeves Field.
"We were all over American and had 100 percent effort from everyone, but we were just unlucky today," said Army head coach Stefanie Golan. "We created opportunities to win, but the final results didn't match up with the effort put forth."
Trailing 2-0 after American's Kelly McLaughlin capitalized off a corner kick deflection with a 15-yarder into the net less than two minute into the second half, Army (5-7-2, 0-2-1 PL) outshot the Eagles (8-7-0, 3-0-0) by a 14-9 margin with 10 on goal over the time remaining.
An offsides call nullified a Black Knight goal in the 67th minute while two other attempts just missed, hitting the crossbar instead, before Betterbed converted her own rebound in the 75th minute to cut American's lead in half (2-1). The goal was the senior midfielder's team-leading third of the season and career seventh.
Six more shots were booted over the time remaining with American taking four and Army two, both on goal, the last by Betterbed in the 87th minute. Army's Alex Lostetter made two of her five second half saves during that span in finishing with six saves.
American's Patricia Bailey opened the scoring off a cross from Brooke Sheppard in the 17th minute for a 1-0 lead, while two of Army's four shots in the first half were on goal with Farthing warding off attempts by Christine Kaila and Betterbed.
Army held a 14-10 shot advantage in the second half and 18-14 for the game with Betterbed firing a game-high six shots to equal her season high with four of her attempts on goal.
"Our hearts went out to our players today, but now we have to move on and get ready to close out the rest of our league games which will be played at home," noted Golan.
The Black Knights close out a five-game road stretch when they head to Manhattan Thursday for their final non-league match. Army returns home for the first time since Sept. 27 when it hosts league rival Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 17, in the second game of a doubleheader with the men's soccer team.
NOTES: It is the first time in the last three meetings with American that the game didn't go into overtime ... four of the last six have been overtime deadlocks ... Army closes out its non-league slate at Manhattan where is shows an 8-1 mark ... the last four wins in that series have been blankings ... Army makes its home league debut against Lafayette where it shows a 17-2-0 lead in the series ... the Black Knights won the last two games, taking a 2-1 decision two years ago at West Point followed by a 2-0 blanking at the losers' field last year.