#19 Iona Nips Army, 2-1, In Overtime

Michael Kim

Michael Kim

Oct. 19, 2011

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Ansger Otto scored a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally midway through the first overtime period, as 19th-ranked Iona edged Army, 2-1, in a non-league men's soccer match Wednesday afternoon at Mazzella Field.

Iona, which is off to the best start in program history, improves to 13-2-0 with the victory. Army, meanwhile, falls to 5-9-0.

Army head coach Russell Payne was pleased with the way his team battled back to tie the game late.

"This team has a lot of fight in it, but our challenge is to put it all together in the first part of games," said Payne. "With that said, I continue to be encouraged by our ability to get back into games late."

Ansger, who leads the Gaels with seven goals this season, netted the game winner at the 94:35 mark to lift Iona to the victory.

"You have to tip your hat to Iona," added Payne. "The goal they scored to win it was a special goal."

Army junior midfielder Michael Kim knotted the score in the 86th minute when he converted a direct kick from 20 yards out. The unassisted marker, which sent the game into extra time, was Kim's first of the season.

Iona jumped on top, 1-0, in the 38th minute when Otto scored off an assist from Alexander Abdalla. It appeared as though that goal would stand up, but Kim was able to break up Borja Barbero's shutout attempt with just 4:52 to play in regulation.

Senior midfielder Tanner Robertson and junior forward Trent Brown paced Army's offense with two shots apiece. Otto registered four shots on goal to lead the Iona attack.

Iona outshot Army 16-8, and the Gaels enjoyed a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.

Army freshman goalkeeper Winston Boldt (0-1-0) was credited with six saves in his first career start. Barbero (13-2-0) stopped three of the four shots that he faced to earn the victory for the Gaels.

"It's never easy to make your first start of the season so late in the year, but I thought Winston did a nice job today," said Payne. "He came up with some big saves and he kept us in the game. I think we have a great group of keepers, and Winston showed what he is capable of tonight."

The physical contest featured a combined 26 fouls and three yellow cards between the two squads.

Army returns home to the friendly confines of Clinton Field on Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Black Knights entertain Patriot League rival Bucknell. Kickoff for the conference matchup is set for 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army falls to 14-4-0 all-time versus Iona ... the Black Knights drop to 2-2-0 in overtime games this season ... Army has lost three straight games and four of its last five matches ... Army is 5-6-0 in one-goal games this season ... the Black Knights are now 2-4-0 on the road this year.

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