Sept. 15, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -
The Army women's soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss to host Cal State Fullerton in the nightcap of the opening round of the Under Armour Invitational Friday evening at Titan Stadium before a crowd of 614 fans.
Three different players had a hand in the scoring, and goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic made three saves (two in the second half) to record her second shutout and the team's third of the season as Fullerton tallied all three goals in the first half in its first meeting with Army.
The Titans (3-3-0) took a 1-0 lead 23 minutes into the game when Marie Tangorra scored from 10 yards off a cross for her fourth goal of the season and second game winner. Fullerton added a pair of insurance goals within a seven-minute span with Nikki McCants' tally coming off a rebound in the 37th minute to boost the Titans lead to 2-0 followed by Adriana Gjonovich goal with just over a minute remaining to lead 3-0 at halftime.
After being outshot 13-4 in the first half, Army (4-5-0) held a 6-2 margin in the second half in finishing with 10 shots (three on goal) to Fullerton's 15. The Black Knights were awarded four corner kicks in the second half as both teams finished with six. In goal, sophomore Linda Rosas made four saves in the first half and only had to make one stop, that coming late in the game, holding the Titans scoreless in the second half.
The Black Knights, playing a stronger second half, came up short during a one-minute span when they booted three shots. Junior forward Kim An took two shots with the first wide followed by a shot on goal 51 seconds later that was rejected by Maricic. Classmate Joey Molacek, who had a team-high four shots, hit the crossbar just three seconds following the save.
Army's final two shots came late in the game with Katie Pound's attempt blocked in the 82nd minute and Molacek's shot with five minutes remaining rejected by Maricic as the Black Knights were shut out for just the second time this season.
"We had a lot of good opportunities in the second half," said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "If we had gotten one, I think it would helped getting one or two more, but we just could not squeeze it in.
"Linda (Rosas) did a good job in goal with some very good saves, along with Joey (Molacek) and Kim (An), who are turning into a dangerous pair of forwards. They did a lot of good things up top, but just didn't get rewarded for it.
"We are here to challenge ourselves and to make ourselves better heading into the Patriot League," added Thompson. "I think we should have had a better result than we had tonight, but at the same time we learned a few more things about ourselves and hopefully we can use that on Sunday."
The Black Knights close out tournament play Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT taking on 20th-ranked Long Beach State (5-3-0), who suffered a 3-2 double overtime loss to Texas Tech in the first game of the Under Armour Invitational. Army defeated Texas Tech, 2-1 in its opening round game of the Border Shootout on Aug. 24.