Nov. 4, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's soccer team garnered three of the four Patriot League weekly honors following the Black Knights' 2-0 upset win over top-seeded Navy in the regular-season finale. Katie Holder, Molly McGuigan and Jordan Cassalia collected BRINE Offensive, Defensive and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively. It is the third citation for Cassalia and second for Holder.
Holder's tally 17 minutes into the game was the first goal to crease Navy's net in league play, snapping the Midshipmen's shutout mark at 737 minutes. Her goal from the middle of the box was her fourth tally of the season and third game winner as her performance in the "Star Match" sent Army's seven Firsties out of a winning note on "Senior Night."
Cassalia has been solid in the net for the Black Knights throughout her freshman year. She picked up her second straight citation and third of the season earning Army's first weekly rookie honor after collecting Goalkeeper of the Week laurels twice.
The freshman keeper turned in a spectacular performance in her first Army-Navy match. Cassalia denied the Midshipmen four times with three of her saves recorded in the second half when Navy held an 8-5 shot advantage. In denying Navy, Cassalia became just the second Army freshman to record a shutout against the Midshipmen and first since Devon Collins posted a 1-0 decision in 2004 at West Point.
The native of Omaha, Neb., closed out league play with a 0.82 goals against average and two shutouts, and overall shows a 0.94 GAA with 60 saves and five shutouts for an 8-7-3 mark.
McGuigan earned Army's first defensive weekly honor after anchoring a defense that held Navy scoreless for the first time in conference play this season. Army held Navy to just two shots in the first half and eight for the game with only four on goal. McGuigan also kept the league's scoring leader Morgan Dankanich in check in holding her to just two shots on goal in 90 minutes of action.
Army's victory over Navy clinched the fourth seed of the Patriot League Tournament and quarterfinal round hosting duties for the Black Knights (8-7-3, 4-3-2), who take on fifth-seeded America (6-11-1, 4-4-1 PL) Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. at Clinton Field. The Black Knights and Eagles played to a 0-0 double overtime draw at West Point on Oct. 13.
The winners of the quarterfinal rounds (Army vs. American and Colgate vs. Bucknell) advance to the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament being hosted by Navy on Friday (Nov. 8) at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis, Md. The Midshipmen will take on the lowest advancing seed from the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. with second-seeded Boston University (8-1-0) playing the other quarterfinal winner at 7:30 pm.
Sunday's (Nov. 10) championship game at 1 p.m. will also take place at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.