Women's Soccer Opens Road Slate This Weekend

Anna Lail

Anna Lail

Aug 29, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After ushering in 2013 with a pair of home matches, the Army women's soccer team (1-1-0) opens a five-game road swing starting this weekend when the Black Knights visit Seton Hall on Friday (Aug. 30) at 3 p.m., then journey to Massachusetts for a Sunday (Sept. 1) matinee at 1 p.m.

Fans will be able to follow the action with live stats available via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will be offered through the official Twitter handle (@Army_WSoccer).

There will be a live video streamed broadcast of the Seton Hall game on the Pirates website (www.SHUPirates.com). It is subscription-based for the stream with a charge of $9.95.

The Black Knights earned a split last weekend defeating Fairfield 1-0 on a penalty kick by Anna Lail in the season debut under first-year head coach Marcia McDermott. Two days later, Army's late rally fell short in bowing 3-2 to 2012 NCAA participant Rutgers Sunday afternoon.

Army and Seton Hall, who are meeting for the third straight year, have experienced seniors with seven on the Black Knights' roster and six for the Pirates. Seton Hall, a member of the BIG EAST, was picked eighth in the preseason poll. The Black Knights, who are members of the Patriot League, were tabbed fifth in the preseason poll among a field expanded to 10 teams this fall with the addition of Boston University (picked first) and Loyola, selected fourth.

Seton Hall (0-1-1) will be looking for its first win of the season after opening its season with a 2-2 draw against defending America East champion Stony Brook followed two days later by a 1-0 road loss to reigning Northeast Conference champions LIU-Brooklyn.

In its preseason matches, Army went 2-0-0 against Seton Hall's first two opponents. The Black Knights snapped a 1-1 tie on a goal by Katie Holder to defeat LIU, 2-1, followed by a 2-0 blanking of Stony Brook, an NCAA participant in 2012. Senior Kim An scored a goal in each of the exhibition games.

The Black Knights hold a 2-0 lead in the series with Seton Hall after winning 1-0 in 2011 and 2012. In last year's meeting at West Point, Lail tallied in the 72nd minute, and goalkeeper Linda Rosas made four saves as Army snapped the Pirates five-game win streak. In the first meeting in the series in 2011, An, who was a sophomore, scored two minutes into the second half and Army made that stand. .

An and Lail are two of three Black Knights who have tallied a goal this season with Lail and senior Joey Molacek converting penalty kicks. In goal, freshman Jordan Cassalia earned the starting nod and shows 1.50 goals against average and .769 save percentage.

Army and Massachusetts are meeting for the first time when they square off at Rudd Field in Amherst, Mass. The Minutewomen head into the weekend 0-1-0 after suffering a 4-3 road loss to Siena in their season debut last weekend. They make their home debut Thursday hosting St. John, and while Sunday's game with Army is their first meeting with the Black Knights, the Minutewomen are 15-6-0 all-time against current Patriot League members (Boston University, Colgate and Holy Cross).

Following the weekend competition, the Black Knights are at Fordham on Friday, Sept. 6, and Princeton, an NCAA participant last year, Sunday (Sept. 8) for their next two matches.

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