Sept. 22, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Senior Walter Kromholz scored in the 93rd minute to lift Houston Baptist to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Army men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field. The game winner came after the hosts rebounded twice from one-goal deficits late in the match. With the loss, the Black Knights, who are ranked ninth in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll, fall to 5-1-1 overall, while the Huskies improve to 4-2-0.
Sophomore forward Cody Guerry netted his first goal of the season for Army, while freshman forward Ethan Spivack added his third tally of the year. Sophomore back Cameron Niccum and junior back Sean Mogan added assists, and junior goalkeeper Winston Boldt made a season-high seven saves.
"You want to see a response and an ability to get back into games even when it isn't your best day," said Army head men's soccer coach Russell Payne. "We've played with resiliency throughout games this season, but today it took a little bit longer for us to find that and it ended up changing the game."
Along with Kromholz's game winner, Houston Baptist received two goals and an assist from senior back Kyle Herbison. Senior forward Kristopher Tyrpak also picked up an assist, and sophomore goalie George Kelley turned away three shots.
Guerry knotted the game at 1-1 in the 79th minute after dribbling through a group of Houston Baptist defenders and beating Kelley with a shot at his right post. Herbison scored just 24 seconds later on an assist from Tyrpak as the Huskies moved in front, 2-1. With just under 10 minutes to play in regulation, Spivack headed home a pass from Niccum to tie the game at 2-2. Spivack's goal came in the 82nd minute, just 2:22 after Herbison's go-ahead tally. Kromholz eventually won it for the visitors, converting a shot from inside the 18-yard box on an assist from Herbison.
During the opening half, Herbison put the Huskies on top, 1-0, with a tally in the 18th minute to mark the first goal allowed by the Black Knights this season. In the 24th minute, Boldt made a diving save on a drive from Houston Baptist junior midfielder Gustavo Alvarado to keep Army's deficit at one. The Huskies kept play alive after Boldt's save and nearly made the score 2-0, as Kromholz sent a header just high of the crossbar.
Army is back on the field when it opens Patriot League action at Bucknell on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Black Knights topped the Bison, 2-1, in last season's match-up.
Match Notes: Sunday's match marked the first meeting between Army and Houston Baptist ... junior Winston Boldt made a season-best seven saves ... sophomore Cody Guerry tallied his first goal of the season ... freshman Ethan Spivack notched his team-leading third goal of the year ... Army's team record six-match shutout streak came to an end after it allowed three goals.