Aug. 26, 2012
EL PASO, Texas -
Junior Ruthie Rosenberger and freshman Anna Lail each tallied their first goal of the season, but host UTEP secured a 3-2 victory over the Black Knights in the championship match of the Border Shootout Sunday afternoon at University Field.
Rosenberger opened the scoring just 17 minutes into the game on a breakaway shot as she blasted the ball into the right corner of the Miners' net off an assist from freshman Brooke Hepfer in notching her fifth career goal. It is the third game this season that Army (2-2-0) has opened the scoring.
UTEP (3-1-0) countered with back to back goals over a five-minute span, tying the game 1-1 on Tess Hall's unassisted goal, her fourth of the season, in the 22nd minute. Azia Nicholson followed with the tie-breaking goal when she hammered home a six-yard shot as the Miners took a 2-1 lead into the locker room and were never headed the rest of the way.
The two teams kept each other in check the first 31 minutes of the second half before UTEP broke through with what would prove to be the game winner when Jade Babcock jumped on a ball at midfield, dribbled it in and buried a shot at 76:34 for a 3-1 lead. Babcock, who had a hand in two of the goals, was part of a double-assist tandem in UTEP's tie breaker.
Army's hopes of taking the lead in the second half were nipped by goalkeeper Sarah Dilling, who rejected the Black Knights' first six shots on goal before breaking through with 12 seconds remaining on Lail's tally. The freshman one-timed a cross from junior Kim An to beat Dilling, who finished with seven saves. All four of An's shots were on goal, while the assist is her first of the season and career fourth.
Though outshot 14-10, Army registered seven shots in the second half, all on goal with three by An, and held a 4-2 corner kick advantage to include a 3-0 margin in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Linda Rosas finished with five saves, one shy of her career high, in suffering her first loss of the season (2-1-0) drawing starts in three of four games.
The Black Knights posted a 1-1 tournament mark to UTEP's 2-0 showing with both teams defeating Texas State in their opener. Junior Joey Molacek scored two of Army's four goals over the weekend.
"I am not unhappy with the split, but I felt we had opportunities to win but came up a bit short today," noted Army interim head Fred Thompson. "It is still early in the season, and we are working on some things.
"It was a tough challenge this weekend and the team reacted well and fought all the way to the end. I felt we should have had a couple more goals, but it was a good performance. The team is moving forward in the right direction."
After being on the road for the first four games of the season, Army returns home for a four-game slate starting this weekend at Clinton Field where the Black Knights host Stony Brook (Aug. 31) and Seton Hall (Sept. 3).
PITCH NOTES: Junior Joey Molacek leads Army in scoring with three goals and an assist for seven points along with a game winner ...junior Kim An and freshman Bailey Widman are tied for second with a goal and assist each for three points ... An also has a game winner and leads the team in shots with 13, 10 on goal ... Army has scored eight goals in four games.