Army Hosts Lehigh In Season Finale

Tommy Jaeger

Tommy Jaeger

Nov. 1, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's soccer team concludes its 2012 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Black Knights host Patriot League foe Lehigh at Clinton Field. The contest, which has been designated as Senior Night, is set to commence at 7:30 p.m.

Army will honor its seven seniors - Trent Brown, Arnold Chun, Michal Fiuk, Mitch Johnson, Michael Kim, Josh Koeppe and Brennan Randel - in a special on-field ceremony prior to the match.

Live stats for Saturday's contest will be available via GameTracker. The link is accessible by logging onto Army's official athletics website and navigating to the men's soccer page. A live video streamed broadcast of Saturday's contest will also be offered via Knight Visiion, Army's subscription-based multimedia platform. Twitter updates will be provided throughout the game via the official handle of Army men's soccer (@Army_MSoccer).

Army, which dropped a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime decision to NJIT on Wednesday evening, has officially been eliminated from Patriot League Tournament contention. The Black Knights (4-10-2, 1-3-2 PL) could finish as high as tied for fourth in the conference standings with Bucknell and Holy Cross, but they would lose the tie-breaker to the Crusaders.

Senior midfielder Josh Koeppe, who tallied the Black Knights' lone marker versus NJIT, leads Army with four goals and 10 points. Senior midfielder Michael Kim, who paces the Black Knights with 32 shots, and freshman midfielder Parker Dixon are tied for second on the squad with two goals and seven points apiece. Kim and Dixon are also tied with sophomore midfielder Devin Perlee for the team lead with three assists each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt, who posted his third shutout of the season last Saturday in Army's 0-0 draw versus Lafayette, carries a 1.45 goals-against average and .739 save percentage into this weekend's action.

Lehigh (4-12-0, 2-4-0 PL) enters Saturday night's tilt looking to snap a two-game losing streak. The Mountain Hawks had won three straight matches before dropping consecutive one-goal decisions to No. 1-ranked Maryland (2-1) and Patriot League leader American (1-0).

Lehigh began the season by dropping its first seven games and 10 of its first 11 contests. The Mountain Hawks are 3-2-0 over their last five matches, though, and remain in the hunt to secure a Patriot League Tournament berth.

Lehigh's offense has been unable to get untracked this season as the Mountain Hawks average just 0.50 goals per game. LU has been shut out 10 times this season. Junior forward James Meyerkord paces the team with two goals, five points and 37 shots.

Junior goalkeeper Ciaran Nugent, who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year last season, shows a 1.48 goals-against average and .770 save percentage.

Army and Lehigh have met 42 times since the series began in 1922. The Black Knights hold a slim 19-18-5 edge in the all-time series, though the Mountain Hawks have won the last eight meetings to close the gap. Army's last victory over Lehigh dates back to 1996.

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