Sept. 18, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Sophomore forward Kim An's goal in the 81st minute sliced Delaware's lead in half, but that Blue Hens did not allow host Army a second shot on goal over the time remaining in holding on for a 2-1 non-conference women's soccer decision Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field.
The loss snapped Army's seven-game unbeaten streak and was the first defeat suffered by the Black Knights (5-2-2) since bowing to nationally-ranked Duke, 2-0, in the season opener for both on Sept. 19. The Blue Hens, picking up their third straight victory, improved to 3-3-1.
Delaware, holding a 12-6 shot advantage, scored a goal in each half with Chelsea Duffy having a hand in both tallies. She opened the scoring in the 18th minute, and then assisted on Amy Pickard`s goal in the 60th minute for a 2-0 lead what would prove to be the game winner.
"The difference was the Delaware came to play and they came to win," said Army head coach Stefanie Golan. "They put forward the effort in the battle. We have hit a complacency in our last few games that we just show up and it is going to happen. We finally played a team that it didn't work out for us; and it was a wake-up call.
"We have a team that is very capable as long as we have the hunger and drive to win. We have shown that we can create good quality opportunities and finish them, and we have shown at times defensively that we don't give teams quality opportunities against us."
Army avoided the shutout when An, playing with her back to the goal, took a pass from classmate Marissa Malta. She spun and booted a left-footed shot into the corner of the net at the 81:38 mark for her team-leading fifth of the season and career 14th. The assist is the first collegiate helper and point for Malta.
Ten minutes after Delaware took a 1-0 lead in the first half, Army freshman Madison Oliver's header off Dee Clegg's corner kick into the right side of the Blue Hens' net was nullified by the referee's obstruction call.
Army denied Delaware an opportunity to pad its 1-0 lead in the final 3:30 of the opening half when goalkeeper Monica Lee deflected the ball before Shannon Kearney could get a shot off in the box as the Black Knights headed into the locker room a goal down. Delaware capitalized on its second shot on goal in the second half just over 14 minutes into the period for a 2-0 lead. It is just the second time this season that Army has given up multiple goals among the five allowed in nine games.
The Black Knights, opening a season-long six-game home stretch, hosts Howard Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. in just the second meeting between the two schools. Army was a 7-0 winner in the inaugural game in 2002.
ON THE PITCH: Today's game was just the second meeting between Army and Delware with the Blue Hens tying the series 1-1-0 following the win on their first trip to West Point after suffering a 1-0 loss to the Black Knights last year ... It is the fourth time in the last six games that Kim An, the Patriot League's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, has scored a goal.