American Slips Past Army In Overtime

Parker Dixon

Parker Dixon

Oct. 6, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Cristobal Soto scored just 39 seconds into the first overtime period to lift visiting American to a 3-2 victory over Army in a Patriot League men's soccer match Saturday evening at Clinton Field.

The Eagles (6-4-1, 2-0-1 PL) vault into sole possession of first place in the conference standings following tonight's result. Army (2-7-1, 0-2-1 PL) remains in seventh place in the Patriot League standings.

"We were a lot better tonight offensively than we've been in a while," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "We can take a lot of positives out of this match. We had some balance and created some good scoring chances, and we're going to build on that. To score two goals against a very good American team tonight is exciting. We helped ourselves offensively, but defensively we let ourselves down. We will need to make some adjustments and be a little tighter in the back, and capitalize on more of our goal-scoring opportunities."

Army senior forward Trent Brown scored midway through the second half to tie the score at 2-2 and send the contest into overtime. The fourth-year performer converted a shot from close range following a scramble in front of the American cage for his first goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Golonski ignited the play with a header that caromed off the crossbar. Senior midfielder Josh Koeppe corralled that rebound and ripped a shot that was saved by AU goalkeeper Billy Knutsen. Koeppe's rebound bounced to Brown, who unleashed a shot from eight yards out into the back of the goal at the 65:16 mark.

Both teams enjoyed numerous scoring chances over the final 25 minutes of regulation, but Knutsen and Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt were able to make the necessary saves to keep the score tied.

Army was whistled for a foul within the first 30 seconds of overtime and Chris Kuramoto took the ensuing free kick from just inside midfield. Kuramoto served the ball into the box and Soto settled it and beat Boldt for the game-winning tally.

The Black Knights jumped on top of the Eagles, 1-0, less than 15 minutes into the first half when freshman midfielder Parker Dixon headed senior midfielder Michael Kim's corner kick into the back of the net.

American responded three minutes later when Colin Seigfreid scored off an assist from Dale McDonald. The Eagles moved in front for the first time late in the opening stanza when McDonald headed a Seigfreid cross into the upper right-hand corner of the Army cage in the 39th minute.

AU outshot Army 10-5 in the opening half, and the Eagles enjoyed a 19-12 margin for the game. Army held a 9-3 edge in corner kicks.

Boldt (2-7-1) matched his career high with eight saves. Knutsen (6-4-1) finished with five stops for American.

The physical contest featured 31 fouls, but no cautions were issued.

Army will step outside of its Patriot League schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 9, when the Black Knights travel to Garden City, N.Y., to face Adelphi. The non-conference match is slated to get under way at 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army drops to 2-10-1 all-time versus American ... the Black Knights have lost six in a row in the series ... Army's two goals scored tonight marked the most registered by the Black Knights versus American since posting a 3-2 victory over the Eagles in 2006 ... Army had not scored a goal versus American since 2008.

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