WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior midfielder Carlie Turnnidge sent top seed Army into the Patriot League Women's Soccer Championship game for the ninth time when she snapped a scoreless tie with a 25-yard shot just 1:14 into sudden-death overtime Friday evening in a 1-0 defeat of No. 4 Colgate.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Lostetter made four saves to record her 31st shutout in tying the league's all-time mark, while the blanking was Army's 16th of the season and second this year against the Raiders. The shutout is Lostetter's 11th of the season to equal the mark she set in 2008. Turnnidge and Lostetter were second team all-league selections earlier in the week.
Army moved to 14-3-3 with the win and Colgate closed out the year 6-12-1. The Black Knights will take on No. 3 Lehigh in the championship game Sunday afternoon, 1 p.m., at Clinton Field. The Mountain Hawks (10-4-4) used a second half goal to defeat No. 2 Bucknell, 1-0, to advance to the title match for just the second time in Lehigh history.
The Black Knights held an 8-4 shot advantage in the first half with Raider Ashley Walsh making three saves and Lostetter turning back a pair. Colgate held the upper hand in shots in the second half by an 8-3 margin with two on goal.
Eight minutes into the second half, Colgate came up short on Anna Baldwin's header by the near left post that went wide, while Lostetter pulled up with a stellar save in the 72nd minute on a 10-yard shot by Jillian Kinter. Late in the game, Baldwin ripped a 30 yard shot to the left corner that Lostetter pulled up with the save for what would prove to be Colgate's last shot of the game.
Turnnidge took Army's second shot of the overtime just 44 seconds after Erringer Helbling's 25-yard attempt was snagged by Walsh. Turnnidge scored off a feed from Kim An when she drilled a shot into the top left corner of the Colgate net at the 91:14 mark to send Army into the championship finals for the third time in the four times it has hosted this event. The game-winning goal was Turnnidge's second of the season.
"I had a good feeling about the shot and I felt it was going to be a great one," smiled Turnnidge as she celebrated with family and friends following the win. "We had a couple of mental lapses in the second half, but when we are doing our thing, we work well together."
The Black Knights outshot Colgate 13-3 and held a 3-0 corner kick advantage. An, the Patriot League's top rookie, took three of Army's game-high 13 shots.
"I feel awesome as it is nice to win on our home turf," stated head Army coach Stefanie Golan, who was voted the coach of the year by her peer s just a few days prior. "Colgate is a good team, we were able to take care of business, and I am really excited that Carlie, one of our seniors, was the player who scored. We still have some more to prove, and we still have another game to win."
NOTES: Army's win over Colgate was its first since 2008 and the ninth win in a series that the Raiders dominate ... it was the fifth time Army and Colgate met in the opening round of the tournament ... Colgate advanced to the finals in the first three matches, first two by wins and the next on penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie ... Army has won the last two meetings in 2005 and 2010 both 1-0 edgings ... Alex Lostetter is the first goalkeeper in Patriot League history to record double-digits shutouts in two seasons having set 11 this year and in 2008 ... Army defeated Lehigh 1-0 in overtime the regular season for the lone league loss suffered by the Mountain Hawks who posted a 4-1-2 mark.