WEST POINT, N.Y. Saint Louis snapped host Army’s modest two-game winning streak en route to capturing the BAE Systems Fall Classic behind a 2-0 decision Saturday afternoon at Clinton Field.
Army junior Elizabeth Betterbed along with freshmen Deanna Clegg and Julia Stallard were named to the all-tournament team. The Billikens had four all-tournament picks along with three from Seton Hall and two from Sacred Heart.
Saint Louis, tallying a goal in each half, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Katie Andreski ripped a 10-yard shot into the Army net off a pass from Nicki Gross. That goal came less than a minute after Black Knight goalkeeper Alex Lostetter, who had three saves in the first half, pulled up with a picture-perfect save on a header by Jessica Lopez.
Army had nine shots in the first half, but just one on goal when Caitlyn Gallagher ripped a long shot in the final five minutes of the half
The Billikens, who outshot Army 19-11, added an insurance goal with just over 13 minutes remaining on a 25-yarder by Julia Braden who beat backup keeper Brittany Fearnside with a shot to her right side. The Black Knights held a slight 3-2 corner kick advantage.
The Black Knights (1-2-0), who opened the tournament Friday evening with a thrilling 2-1 overtime decision over Sacred Heart, posted a 1-1-0 mark to finish third. Seton Hall (1-1) captured runner-up honors based on goal differential. The Pirates scored seven goals, setting a tournament record with six in its 6-0 blanking of Sacred Heat the final day of the tournament after bowing to Saint Louis, 2-1, in the opener, to finish with a 1-1 mark
“We were competitive the whole game in spite of the fact a few of our players were ill,” explained Army coach Ventriglia. The rest of the team picked up the slack, which was good. Saint Louis is a very good team.”
Seton Hall scored four goals in the second half romping past Sacred Hear, 6-0, in the first game of the day. Katie Andreski scored both of her goals in the first half and Maddy Kill had a pair of assists as the Pirates outshot the Pioneers 17-6.
Army heads to St. Louis, Mo., next weekend to participate in the Toys for Tots Classic.
BAE SYSTEMS All-Tournament Team
1. Saint Louis (2-0)
2. Seton Hall (1-1)
3. Army (1-1)
4. Sacred Heart (0-2)
NOTES: It is the second time that Elizabeth Betterbed has earned BAE Systems all-tournament honors ... she was elected as a freshman in 2006, the last time Army hosted the tournament ... over 500 fans attended the Army-Saint Louis game ... it is the first time this season that the Black Knights failed to score a goal ... Army has outscored its opponents 5-4 over the first three games ... freshman Dymon Washington tops the Black Knights with four points (1 goal, 2 assists) ... the plebes dominate the scoring tallying three of Army’s five goals ... the Black Knights have a 20-6 advantage of its opponents in corner kicks after going 12-6 at the BAE Systems Classic ... the Black Knights open a grinding seven-game road slate beginning next weekend which takes them to tournaments in St. Louis, Colorado and upstate New York.