BRONX, N.Y. - Fordham made an early goal by freshman defender Kaitlyn Carballeira stand in its 1-0 defeat of visiting Army in a non-conference women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Jack Coffey Field. It is just the second time this season that the Black Knights (8-3-0) have been held scoreless, while the Rams improved to 4-6-0.
Carballeira capitalized off Colleen Brady's corner kick that landed in the box and she finished off the opportunity just 8:24 into the game. It is just the fourth goal yielded by Army this season and second given up by keeper Alex Lostetter, who is ranked second in the country in goals-against average and save percentage in the NCAA's latest statistics. Lostetter did not allow the Rams the insurance goal turning aside the next four shots on goal with two in each half.
The Black Knights, who did not get off a shot in the first half, took all five over the final 18 minutes of play with Ram keeper Rachel Sutherland denying Army the equalizer when she rejected shots by Caroline Rice in the 72nd minute and Christine Kaila with just over three minutes remaining.
"We came out flat today," said Army head coach Stefanie Golan. "We did not play the way that has made us successful to this point. All four goals we allowed this season were because of small lapses. It is not other teams beating us as much as us beating ourselves now.
"We were more dangerous in the second half of the game and almost came through, but it was the very last piece that we could not put together. We talked after the game about refocusing on what has made us successful. We have to come out in practice and focus in on what we do well. When we do that and play that way we are capable of, we are a very good and a very dangerous team, and we don't give up dangerous opportunities. Now we have to refocus and be confident in our abilities."
The Black Knights, closing out their mini-three-game road slate, return home to open Patriot League play making its debut hosting Leigh under the lights at Clinton Field Friday evening. Army (8-3-0, .727) and Lehigh (4-1-1, .750) rank first and second, respectively, in the non-league portion of the conference standings. The Black Knights were picked seventh in the preseason poll and Lehigh listed fifth. Defending champion Colgate, Navy and Bucknell earned the top three preseason spots.
Among the four games Army will host in October is the annual Star Match with Navy on Friday, Oct. 8. Fox Soccer Channel will carry the game as part of the network's Game of the Week package. The Army-Navy showdown at 7 p.m. will air on a four-hour tape delay beginning at 11 p.m.
NOTES: Fordham's 1-0 win over Army is the Rams first since the series began in 1993, snapping the Black Knights' seven-game series unbeaten as Army shows a 6-1-1 mark ... the Rams' first goal is the first scored upon Army this season in the opening half ... freshman Kim An's seven game- scoring string was halted by the Rams ... it is the first time the midfielder, ranked 13th in the NCAA rankings in goals and 27th in points, has not scored or assisted on a goal since August ... she has recorded seven goals along with an assist to lead the Black Knights in scoring with 16 points, including three game winners ... Army opens its 21st season as a member of the Patriot League when it makes its debut Friday against Lehigh.