POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Army’s senior co-captains Sarah Goss and Caroline Miller combined on the winning tally with just over four minutes remaining to lift the Black Knights to a 2-1 win over host Marist in a non-conference women’s soccer game Friday evening at Leonidoff Field.
The Black Knights won their second game in the last three outings to improve to 6-4 as they closed out a seven-game road stretch, while Marist fell to 2-6 overall along with showing a 1-3 mark against Patriot League schools.
Freshman Dymon Washington tallied on her first shot of the game when she lobbed the ball over the head of Marist keeper Anna Case in the 19th minute off an assist from classmate Ashleigh Sheet for her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Army’s lead provide short-lived as Marist scored the equalizer just over a minute later on an 18-yard shot by Kassandra Palmer.
Army’s Christine O’Leary’s shot with just seconds left in the first half was rejected by Case as the teams headed into the locker room with the scored tied at 1-1. That deadlock stood until late in the game when Goss booted in a close shot from six yards for her second goal of the season and first game winner. Miller set the play in motion after digging out the ball following a scramble off of Elizabeth Betterbed's corner kick, then dropping it in front of Goss who converted.
Army keeper Alex Lostetter made all three saves in the first half, with back-to-back stops in the first eight minutes of play, and was not called upon to make a stop in the second half in leveling her season mark to 4-4.
“It was a very good game and the second half was played in the middle of the field,” stated head coach Gene Ventriglia. “We lost to Marist at our field last year in the season opener, so it was nice to get the win tonight. We have been on the road since Sept. 5 and show a 4-3 record, which I am very pleased with.
Marist outshot Army 4-3 in the first half and the Black Knights held a 3-0 margin in the second, while both teams had one corner kick in the second half.
Army returns to action Sunday when the Black Knights host Central Connecticut State, 1 p.m., at Clinton Field in closing out the non-league portion of its schedule. The game is the first of four home matches being streamed live on the internet (www.goARMYsports.com) on KnightVision.
NOTES: Army, winner of four of its last five matches against Marist, pulled ahead in the series 11-2-0 ... freshman Dymon Washington leads the Black Knights in goals (4) and points (10), while Ashleigh Sheets ranks first in assists with three and is second in scoring with five points (1g, 3asts) ... Sarah Goss’ game winner was her career second ... following Sunday’s home encounter against CCS, the Black Knights return to the road for a four-game stretch in opening Patriot League play.