Army Falls To American In PL Quarterfinal On Shootout

Kimberly An

Kimberly An

Nov. 6, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Fourth-seeded Army and fifth-seeded American battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Women's Soccer Tournament Tuesday evening at Clinton Field before going to a shootout to decide who would advance to Friday's semifinals. The Eagles prevailed 3-1 in penalty kicks as Army's season ended at 8-7-4.

Army outshot American 16-8 in regulation and 6-1 in overtime for a 22-9 advantage and led 5-4 in corner kicks, but came up short against America keeper Charlene Belanger, who leads the league in saves.

Belanger finished with 13 saves in 110 minutes of play before going to the penalty shootout where Army was only able to penetrate once, that on a shot by Katie Holder, a third-team Patriot League selection. Two of Army's four shots hit the crossbar with Belanger pulling up with a stop on the other.

Despite being double and tripled teamed, Army senior Kimberly An had a game-high 10 shots with six on goal. The first-team all-league selection led an Army barrage late in the second overtime period only to come up empty.

An's shot in the 108th minute was rejected by Belanger with Joey Molacek, an all-league first-team pick, following with back-to-back attempts. The first was blocked, but she reached the rebound 16 seconds later for a quick shot on goal only to see it fall into the hands of Belanger.

Army junior Linda Rosas turned in a strong performance filling in for freshman goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia who was injured. Rosa finished with three saves, two in the first half and one in the second, and was not called upon to make one in overtime. She was tested just minutes into the game as the Eagles got off a quick shot on goal in Rosa's first game in net this year.

In the shootout, American connected on its first two penalty shots, fell short on its third for a 2-0 advantage before Holder broke through for the Black Knights to make it 2-1. Kassie Bryant was successful on her attempt for a 3-1 lead and what would prove to be the winner.

ON THE PITCH: Army and American battled to a scoreless double overtime deadlock in the regular season as well ... seven game in the series have ended in ties, the last five have been scoreless ... it is the 14th time and third in the last four years that Army has finished above .500 competing at the Division I level ... among the season highlights under first-year head coach Marcia McDermott was a shutout victory over Navy (2-0) ...seven seniors leave behind their own legacy having earned berths to the Patriot League Tournament three times, advanced to the championship finals twice (2010 and 2011) and captured the Patriot League Tournament title and NCAA bid in 2011.

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