NEWARK, Del. - Army freshman Molly McGuigan notched the lone goal of the game just over a minute into the second half and the Black Knights made that stand in a 1-0 blanking of host Delaware Saturday evening at the Delaware Mini Stadium. It is the second straight 1-0 victory by Army this week as the Black Knights move to 2-1-0 after handing the Blue Hens (1-1-0) their first loss of the season in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
It is the third straight game that the Black Knights battled to a scoreless first half, while McGuigan's first collegiate goal is Army's fastest of the season. The two-time all-state freshman defender from Boulder, Colo., lofted a free kick from 40 yards in beating keeper Breanna Stemier in the 46th minute.
Army has outplayed its opponents in the second half in all three games this season, outshooting them by an 18-8 margin. After trading two shots with Delaware in the first half, the Black Knights booted four straight shots to start off the second half with the first shot by McGuigan finding its way into the net for all the scoring needed. Senior Carlie Turnnidge, who scored the winning goal in the final 36 seconds against Central Connecticut State in Thursday's 1-0 win, had a shot on goal six minutes later. The Black Knights outshot Delaware 6-3 in the second half and 8-5 for the game.
In goal, Army's Alex Lostetter, the reigning Patriot League keeper of the week, posted her first shutout of the season and career 21st. The senior co-captain recorded two rejections in each half, the last on an attempt by Morgan Warrington with seven minutes remaining. Delaware's Anna Lenczyk's shot two minutes later was wide right while a corner kick in the final 2:11 was the last attempt by the Blue Hens
"We played very hard, and one of things defining the characteristics of this team is its ability to drive it out and gut it out for 90 consistent minutes," said second-year mentor Stefanie Golan. "It was a 100 percent effort by the team. We did not play perfect soccer the whole time, but the fight was there and we'll take that.
"In the second half we talked about the effort, the battle and will to win is there. We had to simplify things and come out with more confidence and jump all over them. In the first half we lost about 15 minutes because of an injury that disrupted the flow of the game. So it was important for us to come out flying in the second half, and we felt we did that."
After playing its first three games on the road, Army opens a five-game home stretch starting Friday evening with its first-ever meeting against Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. at Clinton Field followed by Manhattan Sunday afternoon. The 1 p.m. game with the Jaspers will be carried on ITT Knight Vision.
"One of the team's goals this season is to have a winning record on the road," stated Golan. "We are 2-1 on the road and have taken a step toward accomplishing that goal. The players are hungry to play at home and are excited about the upcoming schedule and playing in front of a home crowd."
NOTES: A West Point Trip Section, made up of Cadets and members of the Army hockey team, made the journey to Delaware to cheer on the Black Knights ... Army's 2-1 start equals that of the 2008 season ... Army had four freshmen in the starting lineup in Joey Molacek, Kim An, Molly McGuigan and Katie Wacker with three others drawing duty in reserve ... Army has outshot its first three opponents 30-17 along with a 15-12 edge in corner kicks ... Monica Lee posted the shutout in Army's 1-0 win over Central Connecticut with Alex Lostetter handling duties in the shutout versus Delaware ... eight players have draw starting duty in the first three games to include three freshmen, a sophomore, two juniors and two seniors.