Sept. 20, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's soccer team returns home to take on Columbia Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field following a pair of tough losses at the Under Armour Classic last weekend, bowing to host Cal State Fullerton (3-0) and No. 20 Long Beach State (2-0).
Live stats for the game will be available through GameTracker by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com). In-game Twitter updates will be offered via the Black Knights' official soccer handle (@Army_WSoccer).
The game with Columbia is Army's final tune-up prior to opening its Patriot League slate when the Black Knights take to the road for their first three matches. Army (4-6-0), in the midst of a two-game losing streak, will look to snap loose Sunday against Columbia as the defending Patriot League Tournament champions prepare to open its league schedule next weekend at Holy Cross.
Juniors Kim An and Joey Molacek lead the Black Knights in scoring with three goals each. An also has a pair of assists to top the team in scoring with eight points and two game winners. Molacek is second in scoring with seven points and a game winner.
The freshman class has accounted for four of Army's 11 goals with the junior class leading the offense with seven goals.
In goal, sophomore Linda Rosas shows 1.41 goals-against average and 43 saves posting a 4-5-0 mark that includes a pair of shutouts. Rosas has compiled a stingy 0.74 GAA with two shutouts on the home front where Army is 2-2-0. The Black Knights defeated Syracuse, 1-0, in their last home game, and Rosas' performance in a 2-1-0 week that included runner-up honors at the Black Knight Classic earned her Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors and ECAC defensive honors.
The Lions (3-3-1) open their Ivy League slate Friday evening hosting Cornell. Columbia heads into that match riding a two-game shutout streak defeating Fordham (2-0) and Marist (1-0). Beverly Leon and Coleen Rizzo lead the Lions with a pair of goals and one assist for five points along with a game winner. Goakeeper Grace Redmon shows a 0.98 goals-against average and three shutouts.
Columbia is 3-1-0 at home heading into Friday's home Ivy League opener with Cornell, and 0-2-0 on the road with both of its losses blankings.
The Black Knights swept the first 10 games and leads the all-time series 12-7-0, but the Lions captured six of the last seven meetings to include the last two times they met in 2004 (1-0) and 2006 (2-0). Ten games have been shutouts with Army posting the first five and the Lions claiming the last five. The series began when both teams joined the varsity ranks in 1986.