Aug. 31, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army missed two scoring opportunities just prior to Stony Brook's Raven Edwards tallying the winning goal early in the first overtime in lifting the Seawolves to a hard fought 1-0 win over the Black Knights in a non-league women's soccer match Friday evening at Clinton Field.
The loss ruined Army's home debut as the Black Knights slipped to 2-3-0, while Stony Brook posted its third straight win and second straight shutout in moving to 3-1-1.
Stony Brook dominated the opening half, outshooting the Black Knights 12-3, but the majority of its shots went wide with just three on goal (two coming late), while two of Army's three shots were on net and taken by freshman Erica Ndlovu and Candace Stewart.
Army opened the second half with freshman Brooke Hepfer's shot blocked followed by teammate Katie Holder's attempt saved by Ashley Castanio just three minutes into the period. Stony Brook's Taryn Schoenbeck had a missed opportunity three minutes later going one-on-one with Army goalkeeper Linda Rosas when her shot just missed the inside far left post.
In the 66th minute, Stony Brook missed another chance when Priscilla Wiggins was going one-on-one with an Army defender and took a shot that went wide, but on her right was a wide open Evans. Just a minute later, Army's Kim An's attempt on goal from six yards was just one foot too high as it went over the cross bar.
After being outshot the first half, Army matched shots with Stony Brook (10) the second half with nine and one on goal, a long shot, by Hepfer at the 68th mark.
Heading into its first overtime session of the season, Army took the first two shots with Stewart going on-on-one with the keeper, but her shot went wide left while An's attempt 30 seconds later was snagged by Castanio who finished with five saves. Edwards scored the golden goal off an assist from Larissa Nysch with a shot from 12 yards that ripped the right side of the Army net at 92:54.
Stony Brook outshot Army 23-14 and both teams finished with four corner kicks with the Black Knights coming in the second half after Rosas had made three of her four saves in the first half.
"We had a slow start to the game unfortunately," said interim head coach Fred Thompson. "I felt the second half we did much better coming out with a lot of energy and created some very good chances. We were not able to finish, and then went into overtime and had two chances to win the game. It just didn't bounce for us and went the other way.
"Overall it was a good effort and everyone worked very hard. Games turn that way sometimes, one chance and it is over."
The Black Knights, opening a four-game home stretch, face a tough challenge Monday hosting Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m. following the second game of a doubleheader with the Army men. The unbeaten Pirates (5-0-0) are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Delaware. It is the first goal scored upon them this season.
"Seton Hall is a very strong team and will be the hardest team we have played up to this point," added Thompson. "I am looking forward to it and how we bounce back as a team. I think we will do well, and it is going to be a test no matter how well we are playing. They are a very solid team, their backs are extremely athletic and they talent up top and can score goals."
ON THE PITCH: Freshman Candace Stewart had three of Army's 14 shots with one on goal ...19 players saw action with eight coming from the freshman class ... the Black Knights are 4-3-2 in their series with Stony Brook with the win by the Seawolves snapping Army's six-game unbeaten string ... Army defeated Seton Hall 1-0 in last year's inaugural meeting.