Oct. 22, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
It is crunch time for women's soccer in the Patriot League, and Army is among the teams vying for a postseason berth. The Black Knights are at Holy Cross Wednesday for a pivotal match at 6 p.m., as they look to move higher in the standings in their bid to stay alive for one of the six berths to the tournament.
The Black Knights are 1-3-2 with five points in the conference, just one point behind Holy Cross and Lehigh, who are tied for sixth place with 2-4-0 marks for six points. An Army win over the Crusaders and a Lehigh loss to first-place Navy Wednesday would allow the Black Knights (5-7-3) to move into sixth place.
Last week, Navy and Boston University clinched playoff berths to the Patriot League Tournament with the Midshipmen unbeaten in the conference at 6-0-0 for 18 points and the Terriers next with 15 points and a 5-1-0 mark.
American and Colgate, who are tied for third with 4-1-1 league marks and 13 points, can clinch a berth Wednesday with a win. The Eagles take on last-place Loyola (0-5-1, one point) on the road, and the Raiders have a stern test as they host Boston University. Fifth-place Bucknell (2-3-1, seven points) and ninth-place Lafayette (1-5-0, three points) round out Wednesday's matches with the Leopards hosting the Bison.
Army defeated Bucknell 2-1 (OT) in its league debut, tied with Loyola (1-1 OT) and American (0-0 OT), while suffering one-goal losses to Boston University (1-0), Colgate (2-1) and Lehigh (1-0). The Black Knights lead the league in shots with 50 and rank second overall with 236.
Senior Kimberly An, who lists first in shots bothin league play (27) and overall (50), ripped off four of her season-high 11 shots in the final four minutes in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Lehigh. An, who has ranked among Army's scoring leaders since her freshman year, ranks tied for third place in the conference in goals (five) and stands fourth in points (12).
Katie Holder is second on the team in goals with three, along with a pair of game winners. Also in the scoring column for Army with two goals each are Candace Stewart, Molly McGuigan, Anna Lail and Joey Molacek as the Black Knights rank fourth in the league with 16 goals. Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia has started all 15 games and shows a 1.02 goals-against average with 47 saves and four shutouts.
Holy Cross' league wins were over Lafayette (3-1) and Loyola (1-0), while bowing to American (1-0), Navy (2-0), Boston University (3-0) and Colgate (1-0).
The Crusaders (2-9-4, 2-4-0 PL) have also struggled in conference play where they were shut out four times and outscored 23-12. Holy Cross has scored just five goals this season (four in league play) with Annie Galvin the leader with a pair of tallies and an assist for five points. In goal, Carly McCabe shows a 2-9-3 mark with four shutouts, 71 saves and a 1.03 goals-against average.
Army and Holy Cross are meeting for the 26th time in a series that began in 1986, the Black Knights' first year as a varsity sport. Last year Army (which holds a 17-5-3 advantage) suffered a 1-0 loss to the Crusaders that snapped the Black Knights' 16-game series unbeaten streak.
Army outshot Holy Cross 16-5, but the Crusaders scored in the 59th minute and made that stand as McCabe made 12 saves (seven in the first half and five in the second half) to post the shutout.
A free live video stream of the match will be provided by the Patriot League in a link found on the women's soccer team's schedule page on Army's official website (www.goARMYsports.com). Live stats will also be available and in-game Twitter updates will be offered via the women's soccer team's official handle (@Army_WSoccer).