Nov. 2, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - In the penultimate weekend of the Patriot League season, the Army men's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie against defending league champion Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Oaks Stadium.
With the result, the Black Knights, who are ranked sixth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region poll, move to 12-2-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the conference, while the Leopards go to 4-4-8 and 2-4-2. After picking up its 19th point in league action, Army clinches a quarterfinal bye in Patriot League Championship, as third-place Holy Cross (15 points) fell in its match against Bucknell earlier in the day.
Junior goalkeeper Winston Boldt made three saves for the Black Knights to extend his team record to 12 shutouts on the campaign.
For Lafayette, senior goalie Nathan McDonald stopped both shots he faced to notch the clean sheet.
The Black Knights sustained pressure in the Lafayette end early in the first half, as freshman forward Ethan Spivack and junior back Sean Mogan registered shots on net in the opening 5:39. Play went back and forth with neither side able to set up any real chances before senior midfielder Alec Golini sent a shot just high of the crossbar for Lafayette with 22:16 remaining in the half. Boldt did well to intercept a dangerous pass following another Leopard set piece 3:15 later as the contest remained level at 0-0. Each team took one more shot in the last 13:51 of the first half, as both sides stood even with three shots apiece as the period drew to a close.
Sophomore back Nate Arronson sent a shot high for Lafayette 2:57 into the second period before the Leopards won a pair of corner kicks 7:43 apart, but weren't able to follow up with a scoring chance. Lafayette freshman midfielder Ben Marks hit a corner kick off the crossbar before Dodds headed the ball over the Army goal with 8:03 to play. Lafayette senior forward Peter Adubato nearly put in the game's first goal with 39 ticks left as Boldt was out of the play, but freshman back Trase Stapley prevented the ball from entering the goal as the Black Knights' last line of defense. Regulation ended with the hosts notching all five of the contest's five second-half shots.
Army won a free kick at the right side of the 18-yard box in the 94th minute, but McDonald came off his line just enough to corral the ensuing cross. Boldt denied a header from close range following a Leopard set piece with 1:54 left in the first overtime period to keep the match scoreless.
Lafayette won a corner kick on the left side of the Army goal and before sending an attempt over the crossbar with 7:48 left in the match. Each team registered a shot in the last 3:19, but neither chance found the back of the net.
The Black Knights are back in action on Friday, Nov. 8 when they take on service-academy rival Navy in both teams' regular-season finale at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Match Notes: Army leads 16-14-12 in its all-time series versus Lafayette, with Saturday marking the fourth straight draw between the conference opponents ... junior Winston Boldt notched his Army-record 12th shutout of the season ... with the tie, the Black Knights clinch a quarterfinal bye as one of the top two seeds in the Patriot League Championship.