NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -Iona's first shot of the second half by Amber Blocher off a free kick scored the lone goal of the game, and two Gael keepers combined for nine saves in a 1-0 non-conference women's soccer victory over Army Friday afternoon at Mazzella Field.
The loss overshadowed a spectacular performance by Army's Alex Lostetter's as the junior goalkeeper recorded a career-high 12 saves with six stops in each half.
Iona (2-6-1) took the first four shots of the game, all on goal, but Army (3-3-1) outshot them 6-3 over the final 27 minutes of the opening half. Both teams were stymied as neither could get a shot past Army's Lostetter or Iona's Suzanne Baldissard as each keeper finished with six saves.
The Black Knights came out of intermission booting the first six shots of the second half with four on goal, three by sophomore forward Deanna Clegg, along with three corner kicks, over a 13-minute span.
The next shot of the game was by Blocher, who made a winner out of Iona when she volleyed Gabriella D'Aprile's free kick into the right side of the Army net at the 62:08 mark. The Gaels made that stand en route to posting their first win over Army after snapping their 11-match series domination.
The Black Knights, who held an 11-9 shot margin in the second half, were held to five shots over the remaining 28 minutes. Senior midfielder Elizabeth Betterbed ripped three shots on goal late in the game, but backup keeper Kelly Mahoney nipped that rally in making two of the saves.
Betterbed's header at the 81:27 mark was snagged by Mahoney, while her 25 yard shot two minutes later towards the far left post was rejected by a defender. The senior midfielder's final attempt with 26 seconds remaining was saved by Mahoney as Army suffered its third loss of the season via shutout.
Clegg topped all players with six shots, all on goal, with Betterbed next with five as the Black Knights outshot the Gaels 17-16 along with holding a 6-3 corner kick advantage keyed by a 5-2 margin in the second half.
"We did not get to where we needed to be today," noted Army coach Stefanie Golan. "We can't win consecutively until we score goals and we had a few opportunities but didn't finish. We are more than capable, and now we have to get back on the right track."
The Black Knights return to action when they host Hartford Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field.
NOTES: Army closed out its four-game road slate today, finishing 2-2 ... it is just the third time that Iona has scored against Army in the series that began in 1986, Army's first year as a varsity sport ... Deanna Clegg and Elizabeth Betterbed each ripped single-game highs with six and five shots, respectively ... the Gaels fell 4-1 to Hartford, who Army hosts Sunday at home in its first game at Clinton Field since late August ... Iona also lost 1-0 to Patriot League member Bucknell ... Alex Lostetter is the reigning Patriot League goalkeeper of the week.