EASTON, Pa. Junior Elizabeth Betterbed scored late in the first half, and freshman Dymon Washington tallied with 19 minutes left in the second half as Army blanked host Lafayette, 2-0, in the Patriot League women’s soccer debut for both teams Saturday afternoon at Metgzar Fields.
The win is Army’s third straight and fourth in the last five outings as it improved to 8-4, while the Leopards fell to 2-8-2. The Black Knights stretched their unbeaten streak to four in conference lid lifters while extending their overall mark to 14-3-2.
With just under eight minutes left in the opening half, Betterbed notched what would prove to be all the scoring needed when she tallied in close following a cross from senior Amelia Janoski that was misplayed by the goalkeeper. The goal is her second this season and career fourth for the central defender, who also recorded her third game winner. The helper was Janoski’s second this year and seventh overall.
Army doubled its shot margin from four to eight in the second half with four on goal in picking up the insurance marker when Washington pulled in a pass from Molly Byrnes at the near post. The Las Vegas, Nev., native then spun and booted the ball over the keeper’s head to the opposite side of the net for her fifth goal of the season and third in the last four matches.
The Black Knights held a 12-4 shot advantage along with a 3-2 margin in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Lostetter was tested just once, punching away the Leopards’ lone shot on goal early in the second half in recording her fourth shutout of the season and Army’s fifth.
“We had several other scoring chances in the game as the ball hit the crossbar and goal post more than once,” noted Army head coach Gene Ventriglia, who in his final year on the sideline. “We controlled the tempo of the game and I am pleased to start off league play with a W’.”
Picked sixth in the league’s preseason poll, the Black Knights will be tested next weekend when they visit Colgate Friday and Bucknell Saturday. The Bison, ranked second in the preseason, are the defending regular-season league champions, while the Raiders finished third in the voting.
NOTES: Picked sixth in the preseason poll, Army is tied for first place with Navy, Colgate and Holy Cross in the Patriot League standings following the opening weekend of competition ... the Midshipmen defeated the Bison, 1-0, in Annapolis; Colgate blanked American 1-0 on the road; while Holy Cross defeated host Lehigh, 3-0 ... Army’s eight wins is the most since recording 12 in 2005 when the Black Knights captured the regular-season conference title ... keeper Alex Lostetter boosted her career shutout mark to nine following today’s blanking.