ST. LOUIS, Mo. Freshman Dymon Washington and senior Pia White scored first half goals within a span of 4:14 in leading Army to a 2-0 blanking of Southeast Missouri State and the team title at the 11th annual Toys for Tots Women's Soccer Classic Sunday afternoon at Hermann Stadium on the campus of Saint Louis University.
Plebe Deanna Clegg was named the MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Julia Stallard, Elizabeth Betterbed, Ashleigh Sheets and Washington.
Army (4-1), posting a 2-0 mark, blanked both opponents en route to capturing the title for the second time in tournament history after winning the inaugural crown in 1997. The Black Knights opened with a 1-0 edging of Missouri State on a second half goal by Clegg Friday evening followed by today’s blanking of the Redhawks, the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions, who participated at last year’s NCAA tournament.
Washington scored on a breakaway after dribbling in and firing a 10-yard shot for what proved to be the game winner, a career first, just 3:19 into the match for the fastest goal of the year. The tally, her second of the season, came off a pass from classmate Ashleigh Sheets.
White notched the insurance goal, a header at the 7:33 mark off of Elizabeth Betterbed’s corner kick. The goal is the second of the season for White and career sixth, while the helper was Betterbed’s second in the tournament and career third.
Army ripped off 18 shots with Sheets, who had the first three attempts of the second half, finishing with a team-high four shots with three on goal. Eleven Army players fired shots with five registering multiple efforts.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Lostetter registered two of her three saves late in the second half to preserve her first shutout of the season and career sixth. Lostetter rejected back-to-back shots by Redhawks Kristi Frick and Ashley Runion within a span of 17 seconds to boost her season mark to 1-1.
The Black Knights outshot the Redhawks 18-9, including a 10-6 margin in the first half. SEMO keeper Jessica Beckham finished with six saves, four in the second half including a late rejection of attempt by White with 2:14 left, as the Redhawks fell to 0-2.
Army’s 4-1 showing is its best since getting off to a 5-1 start in 2005.
"We have not done this well in St. Louis in eleven years," remarked head coach Gene Ventriglia following his last appearance at the classic. "This has been an outstanding showing by our players. We are not there yet, but we are getting better with each game.
“We have several players scoring goals for us at different times, which is a plus offensively; while defensively we are strong in the goalkeeping department.”
The Black Knights, who opened a seven-game road slate this weekend, return to action next weekend when they head to Colorado for the Falcon Invitational. It will be the third of four straight weekends Army is competing in tournaments.
NOTES: It is the first time that Army has posted back-to-back shutouts and is the most goals (8) to start off the season since 2005 ... it is ironic that Saint Louis captured Army's BAE Systems Classic last week and the Black Knights captured the Billikens Classic ... it is the second straight weekend that Elizabeth Betterbed, Julia Stallard and Deanna Clegg have earned all-tournament honors having been named to Army's BAE Systems Classic Labor Day Weekend .. the freshmen have scored three of Army's four game winners and five of eight goals .. . newcomers Dymon Washington and Deanna Clegg along with senior Pia White have scored a pair of goals this season ... Washington, who shares the lead in assists with Elizabeth Betterbed, tops the team in shots with 25 ... Army captured the inaugural Toys for Tots Tournament in 1997, known then as the Military Academies Classic, after beating Wright State, 2-1, and Air Force, 3-2.
Order of Finish
Deanna Clegg (Most Valuable Player)