EASTON, Pa. - The Patriot League's top two defensive teams, Army and Lafayette, met at Oaks Stadium Saturday evening and battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie in women's soccer with Alex Lostetter recording six saves for the Black Knights and the Leopards' Lauren Smedley turning aside four shots. The shutout is Army's 13th of the season, tying the school mark first setin 1993, and fourth in league play to stand 11-3-2 overall and 2-0-2 in the conference.
The overtime draw, the second straight in league action after opening the conference with a pair of shutout wins, knocked the Black Knights out of first place in the standings. Army slipped to third place with eight points (three for a win, one for a tie) to trail Lehigh and Bucknell by a point. The Mountain Hawks' 3-0 defeat of Holy Cross and the Bison's 1-0 edging of Navy boosted their league marks to 3-1-0 for nine points to pull ahead of Army in taking over as the conference leaders.
The Black Knights had seven shots to Lafayette's eight with the Leopards (6-7-2, 0-2-2 PL) outshooting their guest 4-2 in the first half and Army holding the same advantage in the second. Junior Lindsay Gordon and freshman Kim An each had three shots with two on goal in leading the Black Knights' attack. They took the first two shots of the game, both on goal, just a minute apart with Smedley making both saves in the first 10 minutes of the game. Lostetter made a diving stop for her first save at the 19:38 mark with her second recorded just before the halftime break.
Both keepers made two saves in the second half with An's shot at the 50:15 mark in front of the Lafayette rejected by Smedley. Nine minutes later Lostetter nixing Janelle Pierson's attempt, then late in regulation stopped her again in the 76th minute. The Black Knights took the final three shots of the second half with Gordon booting the final two, her first on goal in the 83rd minute and the second going high four minutes later as the two teams headed into overtime.
Army did not have a shot on goal in overtime, while both Lafayette's shots were on goal, one in each period, with Lostetter rejecting both attempts to boost her season shutout mark to eight and school career record at 28. Army has not allowed a goal in the last five games, spanning 496 minutes.
"It was disappointing today and frustrating because we are not playing the way that has made us successful," said Army head coach Stefanie Golan. "Lafayette had a few quality opportunities that they didn't put away and we had two. Last week we worked on the attacking third and that did not translate over into the game, and we have to refocus.
"When we play, we are a very good team and we want to get back to playing well. Being great and being very good are difficult because it requires you to do it every single day. It requires you to have good habits all the time and you can't have a day off. On any given day anyone in the league can beat anyone, so if are not at the top of our game, someone can sneak in and pull it away and we want to make certain that doesn't happen. We need to get a couple more wins to lock up a berth to the tournament."
The Black Knights, opening a four-game league road stretch, have two important games next weekend in Bucknell Friday night and defending champion Colgate on Sunday.
NOTES: It is the second straight game Army has been held scoreless and fourth time this season ... the overtime is the first in the series with Lafayette and first time the Leopards have held the Black Knights scoreless in 21 games ... Army dominates the series 18-2-1 ... the Leopards are seventh in lthe league at 0-2-2 with two points ... preseason favorite Colgate is sixth with a 1-2-0 mark for three points and is 4-10-0 overall.