Aug 25, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Seniors Kimberly An and Joey Molacek scored within a 12-minute span late in the game to draw Army to 3-2 after falling behind 3-0, but the Black Knights' comeback fell short in suffering a 3-2 loss to Rutgers in a non-conference women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field.
Junior Sara Corson had a hand in all three goals for the Scarlet Knights, tallying the opening and closing goal and assisting on the other in staking Rutgers to a 3-0 lead. Following a defensive first half battle between the Black Knights and Scarlet Knights, Corson scored off a free kick just before halftime to head into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
Rutgers scored twice over a seven-minute span at the start of the second half. Jonelle Filigno tallied just over two minutes into the game off an assist by Corson, who followed with her second goal and what would prove to be the game winner five minutes later for a 3-0 lead.
"We can't allow that first goal right before the half," stated Army head coach Marcia McDermott. "That was kind of a momentum changer for us. We allowed seven minutes spate to change the nature of the game. Then we fought back and that was great character. But if we take care of those other moments, then we don't have to demonstrate that at the end."
Army kept Rutgers in check over the time remaining with freshman goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia stopping five straight shots, including back-to-back saves within a six-second span on attempts by Maria Gerew. Cassalia, posting a career-high seven saves, rejected a breakaway attempt by Gerew. who attempted to connect on the rebound in the 72nd minute.
Just over two minutes later, An put the Black Knights on the scoreboard when she booted a 22-yard free kick into the left corner of the Rutgers net against back-up keeper Alan Jimenez to draw Army to 3-1. The goal is her career 26th.
At the 85:35 mark, Army was awarded a penalty kick when Candace Stewart was brought down in the box. The nod to take the shot was given to Molacek who converted (15th career goal) as the Black Knights drew to 3-2.
Following the goal, Rutgers immediately returned starting keeper Jessica Janosz to the net. Neither team was able to get off a shot over the time remaining as the Scarlet Knights won their inaugural game with Army.
"There is a lot that we can take from this game that we will use in going forward," added the first-year mentor. "I think that is the most important thing playing against a very good Rutgers team that has a tradition of playing deep into the season.
"This was a good game for us to get tested and discover some other things that we need to work on. Rutgers is a very physical team and we need to deal with that a little bit better in the future, and we will.
"When you are down 3-0 and fight back to 3-2 and have opportunities at the end to make it 3-3, you have to look at that as a good character builder for our team. That is the kind of fight you want to see in a team."
Rutgers booted 19 shots to Army's 15 and both teams recorded five corner kicks. An led Army with four shots with Katie Holder and Candace Stewart each booting three.
The Black Knights will be on the road for their next four games visiting Massachusetts (Sept. 1), Fordham (Sept. 6), Princeton (Sept. 8) and Central Connecticut State (Sept. 13) before returning home to host Rhode Island on Sept. 15.
ON THE PITCH: Rutgers reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year posting a 13-8-1 record ... the Scarlet Knights were picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll ... last year Rutgers defeated Patriot League defending champion Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y., 1-0, in an opening round of the NCAA Tournament ... the Raiders were picked third in the Patriot League's preseason poll and Rutgers was tabbed third in the AAC ... Army has been awarded a PK in both games this season... Friday's penalty kick lifted Army to a 3-2 season-opening win over Fairfield.