Oct. 28, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
For the second time this season, Army earned a pair of BRINE Patriot League weekly women's soccer awards with the selection of senior Joey Molacek and freshman Jordan Cassalia as the Offensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, on Monday. Their performances in Army's 2-0 conference showing last week earned the Black Knights a berth to the Patriot League Tournament.
It is the second honor of the day for Molacek, who co-shared Army Athletic Association weekly honors in the morning. It is Molacek's first league weekly certificate of the season and career second. Cassalia picked up her second league citation this season as a goalkeeper after earning her first for the week ending Sept. 15.
Molacek scored three of Army's five goals last week, to include a game winner, along with an assist in keying the Black Knights' come-from-behind conference wins over Holy Cross, (2-1 2OT), and Lafayette (3-1) that lifted them back into the Patriot League Tournament after a one-year hiatus.
The senior co-captain tallied twice in Army's midweek victory over Holy Cross, notching the equalizer (1-1) in the 81st minute, then pulling up with the game winner off a corner kick with just five seconds remaining in the second overtime. It is the fourth time in her career that the native of Saugus, Calif., tallied twice in a game with the last three against conference foes.
Three days later, the Black Knights found themselves trailing Lafayette 1-0 early in the match with Molacek again leading Army's comeback with a tally in the 23rd minute on a rebound conversion to tie the game 1-1. Army, scoring three unanswered goals in the win, scored a pair of second-half goals with Molacek assisting on the final goal in the decision for the Black Knights' highest output in league play this season.
Molacek ranks second on the team with five goals and an assist for 11 points, along with a game winner. The Army midfielder boosted her career mark to 19 goals with six assists for 44 points and five game winners.
Cassalia played 199:55 minutes in goal last week in recording both wins with just two goals creasing the net compiling a 0.90 goals against average with nine saves and .818 save percentage. The native of Omaha, Neb., made four saves against Holy Cross, to include three in regulation, and one in the second overtime. With just four minutes left in overtime, Cassalia came out of the net and kicked the ball away before a Holy Cross player could get to the ball. With just over a minute left and the score tied 1-1, she rejected a shot on goal.
In the win over Lafayette, which clinched Army a berth to the league tournament, Cassalia recorded five saves as she denied the Leopards with a pivotal stop late in the game after Army scored its third goal that put the Black Knights up by a two-goal advantage.
The Army freshman shows a 1.00 GAA in 1614:54 minutes with 56 saves (.757) and 7-7-3 record to include four shutouts and sharing another. A starter in all 17 games, she has compiled a 0.91 GAA with 22 saves (.733), one shutout and 3-3-2 mark in league play.
Army (7-7-3, 3-3-2 PL) closes out regular-season play hosting conference rival and unbeaten Navy (8-0-0 PL, 15-3-0) Friday evening in the "Star" match at Clinton Field. It is also "Senior Night" for seven Firsties.