Women's Soccer Battles Fordham To 0-0 Overtime Draw




 WEST POINT, N.Y. -Junior Army goalkeeper Alex Lostetter finished with three saves, all in the second half, the last a sliding stop with 25 seconds left in regulation to force overtime as the Black Knights battled Fordham to a 0-0 double overtime draw in a non-league women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field.

The tie was the first of the season for both Army (1-1-1) and Fordham (0-2-1) as well as in the series which the Black Knights lead 6-0-1.

Army sophomore forward Deanna Clegg booted three of her team-high four shots in the opening half when the Black Knights outshot Fordham by a 9-1 margin. Her first shot of the game from the top of the box came was on goal right corner of the net following a breakaway, but it was nixed by Fordham freshman keeper Rachel Suther, who finished with three in that period and five overall as Army outshot the Rams 14-11.

Lindsay Gordon and Candice Bryan also had shots on goal in the first half, while Army and Fordham matched shots with four each in the second half with three on goal for the Rams and two for the Black Knights.

Lostetter made her first save of the game when she rejected a shot by Mariella Roman just 33 second into the second half. She punched away the second shot on goal at the 62:21 mark by Lauren Nowakowski with her final save the most dangerous attempt by the Rams in the waning seconds of regulation that came off the foot of Michaela Murphy.

Neither team could break the tie in the two 10-minute overtime periods as the intensity increased as both kept the other in check and did not allow a shot on a goal. A total of 23 fouls were called with Army whistled for 12 and Fordham for 11. 

The shutout was the second of the season for Lostetter and career 18th, which is one off the record held by Kristine Beardsley (1989-91) and Mary Kidd (1996-99).

"The first half I felt we played very, very well," commented head coach Stefanie Golan. "We were knocking the ball well. We had gone over our game plan yesterday and knew the places we could take advantage of Fordham. We executed what we talked about, but as the game wore on we got tired. Our focus started slacking and spaces starting opening up for them so they could play a little bit as well.

"The first half we did a great job of closing them as they did not receive anything uncontested,so they weren't able to play and we would win the ball quickly and we could play," continued Golan. "We knew they would come out after halftime more intense and we did not step up our game either."

The Black Knights will make their first road trip of the season when they travel to Fort Myers, Fla., over Labor Day Weekend to participate in the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic. The Black Knights take on Stetson in the opening round Friday (Sept. 4), followed by host Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday (Sept. 6).

Golan is excited about the upcoming trip to Florida.  "We have demonstrated in spurts that we are able to play and that we are a very good team. Now we have to be able to put it together for 90 minutes and I think it will be refreshing for us to get away for a long weekend."

OFF THE PITCH: Army's first three games of the season were played on the homefront .. Black Knights now head to Florida for only regular-season tournament on 2009 schedule ... first game played that it didn't rain ... today's game played under ideal conditions ... among the fans was former head women's soccer coach Gene Ventriglia along with his wife Donna ... Coach Ventriglia was the first coach in the program for 24 years, 23 at the varsity level with his first year at the club level ... Army is on the road for its next four games, returning home on Sept. 20 to host Hartford ... Patriot League play begins in October and the first three games are on the road.

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