WEST POINT, N.Y. - A second half goal by Kelliann Doherty led the Bucknell women's soccer team to a 1-0 Patriot League victory over host Army Thursday evening at Clinton Field. The victory was the fourth straight for the Bison, who are tied for the lead in the standings, as they improved to 9-6-1 and 4-1-0 in the league, while the Black Knights slipped to 6-9-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the conference.
Army and Bucknell played a scoreless opening half with the Bison outshooting the Black Knights 10-4. Staring keeper Monica Lee stopped three of Bucknell's four shots on goal in the first half with defender Julia Stallard warding off the other following back-to-back shots by Kayla Yee and Doherty within a nine-second span midway through the half. A corner kick by Caitlin Holtz was headed in front of the goal by Yee with Lee batting the ball away for the save. Doherty corralled the loose ball, but her attempt to boot the ball into the left post was nixed by Stallard in Bucknell's most dangerous attempts in the opening half.
Three of Army's four shots in the first half were on goal with the Black Knights on the move at the 18:31 mark on Caroline Rice's breakaway shot that was gathered in by keeper Kathryn Sutton. Deanna Clegg fired a 22-yard shot that was snagged by Sutton for her second save, then rejected an attempt by Liz Betterbed with 12 minutes left to halftime for her third and final save of the game..
Doherty gave the Bison the lead on her first shot of the second half when her header into the right side of the net beat Alex Lostetter, who took over goalkeeping chores, at the 57:42 mark. A few seconds later, Lostetter nixed an attempt by Chelsea McGorry along with making a diving save on a breakaway shot by Christa Matlack in the 66th minute. Matlack who leads the league in goals (7), had five shots on the night with two on goal, but Doherty had game-high honors with six shots.
Bucknell held a 5-0 corner kick advantage in the opening half. Army had four straight corner kicks over the final six minutes of play but the Black Knights came up empty during that flurry. The Bison held an 17-6 shot advantage along with a 6-4 margin in corner kicks.
"We played hard throughout the game, but did not start playing until the second half when we started knocking the ball a little bit better and putting more pressure on Bucknell, " stated Army coach Stefanie Golan. "There is never a question of effort with this group; it is just getting the effort and the play to match up. That has been our trouble all season."
Army, in the middle of a four-game final home stretch, has two league games remaining with Colgate Sunday and Holy Cross on Oct. 31. The Raiders defeated Holy Cross 2-1 in the final five minutes of double overtime Thursday to improve to 7-6-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the league. The Crusaders fell to 7-7-3 and 1-3-1 in the league where they remain tied with Army for sixth place.
NOTES: It is the first time the Bucknell has scored against Army since 2007 ... with two league games remaining, Army is still hopeful of sneaking into the tournament but needs to win both to stay a contender ... Bucknell is atop the standings with a 4-1-0 and is at Holy Cross Sunday ... American, which suffered its first league loss last weekend at Colgate, is 3-1-0 with a game Friday against last place Lafayette (0-4-0) and is at Lehigh (1-1-2) on Sunday ... the Mountain Hawks host Navy (2-1-1) Friday, while the Midshipmen are at Lafayette Sunday .. Colgate is third in the standings (3-1-1) followed by Navy (2-1-1) and Lehigh (1-1-2) with Bucknell (4-1-0) and American (3-1-0) holding down the top two spots.