Army And Lafayette Play To Scoreless Draw

Winston Boldt

Winston Boldt

Oct. 27, 2012

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EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt matched his career high with eight saves as the Army men's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw versus Patriot League rival Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Oaks Stadium.

Boldt made three of his season-high eight stops in overtime to record his third shutout of the year and help the Black Knights (4-9-2, 1-3-2 PL) earn a point in the conference standings. Army's playoff hopes remain alive pending the results of tonight's league contests.

Lafayette (6-7-4, 2-1-3 PL) outshot Army 16-6, including a 6-0 margin in overtime. The Leopards also enjoyed a 9-6 edge in corner kicks. Peter Adubato fired a game-high six shots (two on goal) to pace LC's attack. Six different players registered shots for Army, including senior midfielder Michael Kim and junior midfielder Jason Lewis, who ripped shots on goal.

"Lafayette is a tough team, and I am very proud of the fact that we came here and competed the way we did," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "We would have liked to have scored a goal, but I am extremely pleased with the effort."

One of Army's best scoring chances came 16 minutes into the first half when the Black Knights drew a foul just outside the box. Kim took the ensuing kick, but Lafayette goalkeeper Nathan McDonald swallowed up his 25-yard strike to keep the game scoreless.

Lafayette's most dangerous scoring opportunity of the opening stanza came with one minute to play in the frame when Michael Bloom's shot from six yards out sailed just over the cage.

Boldt made a couple of huge stops in the second half, including a save on Alec Golini's right-footed shot from close range. Golini had another chance just before the end of regulation, but his effort sailed over the crossbar in the final minute.

Adubato had two opportunities to put home the game-winning tally late in overtime, but he was turned aside by Boldt and game ended without a goal.

McDonald (6-4-3) made two saves in the first half and was not tested afterward en route to his fifth blanking of the season.

Army was whistled for 25 fouls, compared to just eight against Lafayette. The Black Knights also drew two of the three yellow cards that were handed out.

Army returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 30, when the Black Knights host NJIT at Clinton Field. The non-conference contest, which will be video streamed live via Knight Vision, is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m.

Match Notes: Army moves to 16-14-11 all-time versus Lafayette ... the two schools have played to 0-0 draws each of the last two seasons ... the teams have tied each of the last three years ... Winston Boldt also registered eight saves versus American on Oct. 6 ... he originally established his career high with eight stops versus Bucknell last season.

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