Oct. 30, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Last week the Army women's soccer team turned the corner with a pair of key Patriot League wins that clinched a berth to the conference tournament following a year's hiatus.
Friday night the Black Knights will look to continue their win streak when they host conference rival Navy in the annual "Star" match, 7 p.m., at Clinton Field in the regular-season finale. It is also Senior Night for seven Army players and two managers.
ARMY (7-7-3, 3-3-2 PL)
*The Black Knights clinched their 18th conference tournament berth following wins last week over Holy Cross (2-1 2OT) and Lafayette (3-1).
*Two of Army's three conference losses this season are to teams that clinched playoff berths in Boston University (7-1-0) and Colgate (5-2-1), who list second and third, respectively, in the latest league standings.
*Joey Molacek, the reigning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, posted three goals and an assist as Army scored five goals last week. The senior midfielder currently ranks second on the team in scoring (11)and goals (five).
*Kimberly An tallied a pair of second-half goals after assisting on the equalizer in the Lafayette win to boost her team- leading marks to seven goals and four assists for 18 points, along with a pair of game winners. She is second in the league in goals and scoring, and the leader in shots (63).
*Army ranks second to Navy in shots with 274
*The Black Knights have scored 21 goals with six players tallying two or more.
*Nine goals were scored in league games with Molacek the leader with four tallies.
*Army shows a 1.00 GAA overall and 0.91 GAA in league play with freshman Jordan Cassalia in goal for all matches.
*Army has 101 corner kicks with 53 in conference matches.
*A win over Navy ...
Gives Army a chance to host a quarterfinal round as the No. 4 seed depending upon Saturday's outcome of matches between Bucknell -Boston University and Colgate-American.
Denies Navy the Patriot League regular-season title outright Snaps Navy's league shutout string and deny the Midshipmen from being the first team to win the regular-season title unscored upon.
NAVY (15-3, 8-0-0 PL)
*Navy clinched its second straight Patriot League regular-season title and postseason hosting duties with its 3-0 win over Loyola last week.
*The Mids, who received an opening-round bye as one of the top two seeds, will host the semifinals and championship rounds.
*Navy is unscored upon in conference play with all eight wins shutouts among 13 overall.
*The Midshipmen are ranked third in the National Soccer College Association of America (NSCAA) Mid-Atlantic Region.
*Defender Jade Seabrook was named to Top Drawer Soccer Women's Team of the Week.
*Junior forward Morgan Dankanich leads the league in points (27), goals (12) and game winners.
*The Midshipmen have scored 37 goals with six multiple goal scorers. *Elizabeth Hoerner ranks eighth nationally with a 0.44 GAA and second in the league. She has recorded nine shutouts.
*Navy has 102 corner kicks, one more than Army.
THE SERIES Friday's Army-Navy clash is the 25th in the series and it is rather fitting that the game is played at West Point where the first game was held on Sept. 24, 1994 with the Black Knights edging the Midshipmen 2-1 in the inaugural meeting.
It has been a close series with 13 games decided by one goal, with Army on the winning end in nine of those games. Six games were sent into overtime with Army winning three times, Navy once, and two ending in draws - both of those games at West Point in 2002 (1-1) and 2008 (0-0).
Though trailing Navy 12-10-2 in the all-time series, the Army-Navy series at West Point is tied at 4-4-2 following Navy's 1-0 victory last year. Army's last win over its counterpart was a 2-0 victory in the championship match of the Patriot League Tournament in 2011, while the Black Knights' last home victory was a 1-0 decision in 2010.
SEVEN SENIORS AND TWO MANGERS TO BE HONORED
Army will honor seniors Kimberly An, Stephanie Gower, Jaclyn Kalik, Molly McGuigan, Joey Molacek, Ruthie Rosenberger and Katie Wacker, along with managers Ben Soos and Kevin Finerty.
The senior class was part of a record-setting 16 shutouts as Army closed out 2010 ranked No. 1 nationally in goals against average, shutout percentage and save percentage.
This group compiled 41 wins along with capturing the Patriot League Tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 after hosting the conference tournament in 2010.
LIVE STATS, ONLINE VIDEO, SOCIAL MEDIA
Friday's match will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, the Black Knights' subscription-based multimedia platform available through Army's official website (www.goARMYsports.com). Live stats will also be available and in-game Twitter updates will be offered via the women's soccer team's official handle (@Army_WSoccer).
PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT The Patriot League Tournament begins Tuesday, Nov. 5, with the quarterfinal round hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. The winners advance to Friday's (Nov. 8) semifinals hosted by Navy with the first game versus the top seeded Midshipmen at 3:30 p.m., followed by the second game at 7:30 against No. 2 Boston University.
The championship game will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., between the winners of the semifinal games.