Oct. 11, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army hosts Lehigh in a pivotal Patriot League women's soccer game at 1 p.m. at Clinton Field on Sunday, Oct. 14. The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks are winless in the league and in search of their first conference win.
The Black Knights (5-9-0, 0-3-0 PL) dropped their first three league games, all on the road. Two of those losses were by one goal to Holy Cross (1-0) and preseason favorite Colgate (3-2). Army suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bucknell in closing out its second weekend of league play.
Army has had its ups and downs this season and has not fared well on the road, but the Black Knights have met success at home where they show a 3-2-0 mark and are in the midst of a two-game win streak. Hopefully the hometown crowd will help get them back on the winning track as the Black Knights find themselves in a must-win situation in order to remain in contention for one of four berths to the Patriot League Tournament the first weekend of November.
Navy and Colgate stand atop the league standings with 3-0-0 records followed by Bucknell and American, who are tied for third place with 2-1-0 marks. Following Sunday's game, Army has three league games remaining with Navy (Oct. 19) and American (Oct. 21) closing out the home slate followed by the regular-season finale at Lafayette (Oct. 28).
Nine Army games have been one-goal decisions with the Black Knights on the winning end four times, its last a 3-2 edging of Columbia in its final non-conference tilt in late September.
Junior forward Joey Molacek leads the Black Knights' offense with six goals and 14 points with classmate Kim An next with four goals and three assists for 11 points along with a pair of game winners. Molacek tallied a pair of goals twice this season in a 2-1 win over Texas State and 3-2 loss to Colgate. Army's freshmen have combined for five of the team's 16 goals along with five assists.
Sophomore goalkeeper Linda Rosas has a pair of shutouts and 1.61 goals-against average as a starter in 11 games. Freshman Jessica McAlister played in four games with three starts and a 2.00 GAA.
Lehigh (2-11-0, 0-3-0 PL) is in the midst of a three-match losing streak following a 6-1 midweek loss to Princeton in closing out the non-league portion of its schedule.
The Mountain Hawks are also winless in league play with a trio of 1-0 losses to Lafayette, American and Navy. Lehigh took the Midshipmen, who are riding the nation's longest winning streak (15 games), into overtime before bowing last weekend.
Murphee Greeley leads the Mountain Hawks with three goals for six points with Paige Elliott, Paige Dyrek and Darby Wiegand following with a pair of goals each. Lehigh shows a 2.23 goals-against average with Ashley Blanks drawing duty in eight games (2.17 GAA).
Army shows a 14-5-4 lead in its series with Lehigh that began in 1991. The Black Knights captured the first 10 games, but it has been more even over the last three games with each winning a match along with a tie. Army and Lehigh battled to a 0-0 overtime draw last year in Bethlehem, Pa. The year prior, the Black Knights blanked the Mountain Hawks 1-0 in overtime at West Point during the regular season, but Lehigh avenged that a few weeks later with a 1-0 decision over top-seeded Army to capture the 2010 Patriot League Tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Army-Lehigh game will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform available via Army's official website (www.goARMYsports.com). Live stats will also be available via GameTracker on Army's website by navigating to the women's soccer schedule page. In-game Twitter updates for Army's games will also be offered via the official handle of Army women's soccer (@Army_WSoccer).