Doubleheader Highlights Women's Soccer Opener Friday

Donna Bennett

Donna Bennett

Aug. 29, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The defending Patriot League Tournament champions and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Army women's soccer team makes its home debut Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. against Stony Brook (2-1-1) in a doubleheader with the Army men hosting Iona in the 7:30 nightcap.

On Labor Day, the women join the men with their second doubleheader of the weekend with the first game slated at 5 p.m. as the men take on Binghamton followed by the women hosting Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m.

After splitting their first two weekends on the road, the Black Knights (2-2-0) are looking to post back-to-back wins their third weekend of competition. Army recorded a 1-1-0 mark competing at the Border Shootout last weekend in El Paso, Texas. The Black Knights defeated NCAA participant Texas State, 2-1, in their opening round and fell to host UTEP, 3-2, in the championship match.

Junior Joey Molacek tallied a pair of goals in the Texas State win. The Army midfielder, who earned Patriot League honorable mention honors in Monday's weekly release, leads the Patriot League in scoring with seven points (three goals, one assist) and is tied for the lead in goals.

Classmate Ruthie Rosenberger tallied the opening goal in the championship game against UTEP, but the Miners scored three unanswered goals before freshman Anna Lail scored her first collegiate goal in the closing seconds.

Sophomore goalkeeper Linda Rosas drew the starting nod the last two games, pulling up with a season-high six saves against Texas State and five against UTEP to show a 1.60 goals-against average and 14 saves. She is tied for third in the latest conference stats in the former and lists third in the latter.

Junior forward Kim An, who has led Army and the conference in scoring the past two years, is tied with freshman Bailey Widman for eighth place in scoring with three points (one goal, one assist). Another Army newcomer, freshman Katie Holder, is tied for first place with six others in assists with two. An also ranks among the leaders with 13 shots.

In the team statistics, Army lists second in points (23) and goals (eight) behind Navy.

The Black Knights hold a 4-2-2 lead in the all-time series with the Seawolves, to include shutouts in the last three meetings. Army posted a 2-0 road decision last year with Melissa McLaws scoring the game winner.

Army returns to action Monday, Sept. 3, hosting Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m. in its second of a four-game home stretch. In last year's inaugural meeting, Army tripped the Pirates, 1-0, on a goal by Kim An early in the second half in the opening round of the Black Knight Classic. An went on to earn MVP honors after scoring two goals in the final round as Army defended its title for the second straight year.

STONY BROOK: The Seawolves (2-1-1) are coming off a 3-0 blanking of St. John's for their first win over a Big East opponent in nearly 14 years along with posting their second straight win.

Stony Brook, which defeated Wagner, 3-1 prior to its win over the Red Storm, outscored its first four opponents by a 9-5 margin and holds a 23-12 advantage in points. The Seawolves show a 58-42 shot advantage and 19-11 margin in corner kicks.

SETON HALL: The Pirates (4-0-0) opened the season with four straight shutouts and will put that mark on the line Friday evening in a home match with Delaware prior to meeting with Army on Monday.

Off to its best start in program history, Seton Hall was led by a pair of first-half goals by Kristina Meier in its mid-week Monmouth win. The Pirates have outscored their first four opponents 8-0 and hold a commanding 75-30 lead in shots, along with an 18-13 corner kick advantage.

Ashley Clark tops the team with five points (one goal, three assists) with Meier next with four points. In goal, Gina Maiorana was only called upon to make two saves in recording the first three shutouts of the season, and Alyssa Kelly was taxed with six saves in the complete-game Monmouth shutout. Among the Pirates early wins was a 2-0 blanking of Patriot League member Lehigh.

FAN COVERAGE: Army's weekend soccer matches will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, a subscription-based multimedia platform. There will be live stats as well available via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com), and in-game Twitter updates will also be offered via the Black Knights' official handle (@ArmyAthletics).

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