RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan's Kayla Howden scored off a fast beak in the 81st minute and the host Jaspers made that stand in downing Army, 1-0, in a non-league women's soccer match Thursday evening under adverse weather conditions as the players battled rain and the cold at Gaelic Park.
Army fell to 5-8-2 following its fourth straight loss of the season as it closed out a five-game road slate, while the Jaspers moved to 6-7-2 overall to include a 3-3-2 mark at home.
Neither team had many opportunities in a scoreless first half, getting off just five shot between them, three by the Jaspers and two by Army, with just one on goal for both.
Army booted four shots the second half with three on goal, but could not get one past goalkeeper Caitlin Trupiano. Freshman Paige Alexander ripped two of those shots, both on goal, firing the first shot just 50 seconds into the contest and the final shot with less than three minutes remaining. Both teams finished the game with six shots while Army was awarded all four corner kicks.
The Black Knights threatened just 20 seconds prior to Howden's goal on an attempt by junior Carlie Turnnidge that Trupiano made a goal saving stop. Howden capitalized on the Jaspers ensuing possession when she gathered a loose ball in Manhattan's end, and scored off a fast break after beating keeper Monica Lee with a shot into the left corner of the net.
It was the first time in three games this season that Lee started in goal, and is the first goal the sophomore keeper has allowed in 175 minutes of play. Lee had pulled up with a diving save on a blast inside the box by Kristin Spiros nine minutes prior to the winning tally.
"We are having trouble scoring goals," said Army coach Stefanie Golan, "but we did have a few dangerous chances in the game that came up short."
Hopefully the friendly confines of Clinton Field, where Army shows a 3-1-1 mark, will return the Black Knights to their former winning ways as they kick off a four-match Patriot League homestand starting with Lafayette Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
NOTES: The loss to Manhattan is just the second in the series, snapping Army's four-game win streak in the rivalry which it dominates 8-2 ... both losses to the Jaspers were shutouts while the Black Knights have blanked Manhattan in seven of their eight wins ... the game closed out Army's non-league slate ... freshman Page Alexander and senior Elizabeth Betterbed had four of Army's six shots ... the start for goalkeeper Monica Less was the second in her career ... Army's home league opener with Lafayette Saturday is the nightcap of a doubleheader with the men's soccer team who are hosting Bucknell in the afternoon.