Army Hosts Air Force In Season Opener

Sean Mogan

Sean Mogan

Aug. 24, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's soccer team will officially lift the lid on its 2012 campaign this Saturday (Aug. 25) when the Black Knights host service academy rival Air Force at Clinton Field at 7 p.m.

A live video streamed broadcast of Saturday's season opener will be available via Knight Vision with Army's own Heath Trabue calling the action. Live stats of the Army-Air Force contest will also be available through Army's official website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will be offered via the Black Knights' official handle (@ArmyAthletics).

Army returns 15 letterwinners and seven starters from last season's team, which finished with a 7-10-1 overall record in 2011. The Black Knights ended the campaign with their highest win total since the 2007 squad posted nine wins. The seven victories recorded by the Black Knights equaled the number of wins accumulated by the program over the previous three seasons combined.

Senior midfielder Josh Koeppe, who was named to the 2011 All-Patriot League second team, led Army and ranked among the conference leaders in goals (four), points (10), shots (40) and shots on goal (16) last fall.

Senior forward Trent Brown, who listed among the team leaders with three goals, two assists and eight points, is back in the fold and looking to improve upon his 2011 numbers.

Four different Black Knight earned Patriot League weekly awards last season with Winston Boldt (goalie of the week), John Marinelli (goalie of the week), Devin Perlee (rookie of the week) and Brown (player of the week) earning various honors throughout the season. It marked the most weekly honors won by Army in a single season since 1996 when the Black Knights took home five weekly awards.

Boldt, who finished last season with a 1.48 goals-against average and one shutout in five starts, figures to begin the season in the Black Knights' net.

Air Force brings back 19 letterwinners and nine starters from last year's team that finished with a 12-6-2 overall record in 2011. The Falcons, who placed second in their conference last fall with a 5-3-2 mark versus Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foes, returns five All-MPSF honorees.

Senior midfielder Kevin Durr was named to the all-conference first team last season after leading the squad with 22 points. Durr, who started all 20 games for the Falcons in 2011, finished the year with six goals and 10 assists.

Senior forward Garrett Getschow, who led the team with nine goals and ranked second on the club with 19 points, earned a spot on the all-league second team in 2011. Junior forward Brian Klazura, who ended last year with six goals and two assists for 14 points, figures to add some offense for the Falcons in 2012.

Senior goalkeeper Matt Underwood, who started all 20 matches for Air Force last year, is back in the fold for the Falcons this season. The all-conference selection finished 2012 with a 0.97 goals-against average.

Army owns a 13-7-3 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1959. The rival academies last met in 2009 when Air Force defeated Army, 1-0, in overtime.

Following Saturday's contest, Army will travel to South Orange, N.J., to face Big East foe Seton Hall on Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. The Black Knights dropped a 1-0 decision to the Pirates last season at West Point.

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