Aug. 22, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's soccer team faces a stern test when it heads to the Lone Star State this weekend to participate in the 13th annual Border Shootout hosted by the University of Texas-El Paso. The Black Knights square off against 2011 NCAA participant Texas State Friday evening at 9 p.m. EDT before facing host UTEP Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT.
Black Knight fans will be able to follow the action on the Army site (www.goARMYsports.com) through live stats both days. There will be video streaming of Sunday's Army-UTEP match through the MinerTV page (subscription based $9.95) on UTEP's web site (http://www.utepathletics.com/index-main.html).
Army, a 2011 NCAA participant and Patriot League Tournament champion, kicked off the season this past weekend by splitting a pair of games by identical 3-1 scores. The Black Knights (1-1-0) posted their first season-opening win since 2008 after beating Vermont in the lid lifter followed by the loss at Providence on Sunday.
Two of Army's four goals this season have been scored by freshmen with Hanna Rozzi and Bailey Widman opening and closing the scoring at Vermont as the Black Knights jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead. Junior Kim An, who has led the Patriot League in scoring the past two years, scored the game-winning goal with her first tally of the season and career 20th. The game winner, her career ninth, moved her into a tie for sixth place on the school's all-time chart. Freshman Katie Holder picked up a pair of assists against the Catamounts, setting up Army's final two goals.
Junior Joey Molacek, the MVP of the 2011 Patriot League Tournament, leads the team in scoring with three points with a goal and an assist. She scored Army's lone goal in the second half against Providence and set up the first goal in the Vermont win.
In goal, sophomore Linda Rosas shows a 1-0-0 mark recording the Vermont decision after making three saves holding the Catamounts scoreless as the starter in the first half. Freshman keeper Jessica McAllister drew duty in the first two games earning her first collegiate start against Providence where she recorded seven of her eight stops in the second half.
"We are looking forward to seeing how we bounce back after our loss to Providence" said Army interim head coach Fred Thompson. "Sometimes it takes too long to play another game, having to wait four or five days. Everyone is itching to go, and I feel the team will do well.
"We learned a bit on Sunday, and got back to work Tuesday with a very good session. I look for us to have another good practice today (Wednesday) prior to traveling to Texas on Thursday."
ABOUT TEXAS STATE (1-0-0): The Bobcats, members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), are 1-0 following a 1-0 road blanking of Sam Houston State in their season opener last week. Sophomore forward Jourdan Brown notched the game winner and junior Natalie Gardini made four saves in recording the shutout. Texas State returns 18 players from last year's 14-6-1 squad that won the Southland Conference and competed at the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats kick off the tournament against host UTEP Wednesday evening followed by Army Friday night.
ABOUT UTEP (1-1-0): The Miners face a challenging schedule against a pair of NCAA participants in Army and Texas State at the Border Shootout where they are riding a 13-match unbeaten string. UTEP outscored its opponents 43-7 compiling a 12-0-1 mark during that stretch. The Miners return nine starters and 15 letterwinners from last year's squad (11-8-4) which made a run to the 2011 C-USA Championship tilt while notching the program's 10th straight winning season.
The Miners (1-1) opened the season last weekend in the state of Utah where they split a pair of matches. UTEP posted a 2-1 triumph over defending Great West Conference champion Utah Valley in its lid lifter on goals from Azia Nicholson and Tess Hall in outshooting the Wolverines 30-8, including a 14-3 margin in shots on goal. Two days later, the Miners opened the scoring on senior Brittany Kindzierski's tally against defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State. The Aggies erased it with a pair of goals over the final 14 minutes in taking a 2-1 decision.