Nov. 15, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army women's soccer team celebrated its 25th year as a varsity sport in 2010, and this fall announced the Silver Anniversary Team. Twenty-two players, consisting of defenders, midfielders, strikers and goalkeepers, were selected by former head coach Gene Ventriglia and current head coach Stefanie Golan.
The Army-Lafayette game on Oct. 30, 2011, was chosen as the day to commemorate two momentous occasions. Senior Day was celebrated prior to the starter of the game with a halftime tribute devoted to recognizing the members of the Silver Anniversary Team.
Though Army has called Clinton Field its home since moving to Division I, the Black Knights' final home game of the season was played at Shea Stadium due to a blizzard the day before that paralyzed the Northeast and covered Clinton Field with eight inches of snow.
The Black Knights had never played at Shea Stadium, but in the early days their games were close by at North Athletic Field where a few of the anniversary members starred on the pitch.
Highlighting the anniversary team were Army Hall of Fame inductees Holly Pedley, Alexis Albano and Lauren Rowe, the latter joining that elite fraternity with the Class of 2011 this fall following Pedley in 2005 and Albano in 2008.
Pedley (USMA '98) is Army's only Division I NSCAA All-American following her selection to the second team in 1994. She is a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year (1994 and 1997) and Rookie of the Year (1994). Albano (USMA '96) was the league's top offensive player in 1997 and Rowe (USMA '03) garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002.
Eight members earned NSCAA Northeast Region honors with three first-team selections in Carla Miller ('89), Pedley and Rowe. Albano and Pedley were three-time picks with Kerry Loughman (USMA '00) and Delaney Brown (USMA '06) selected twice.
Academically, Brown and Julia Stallard (USMA '12) were NSCAA Scholar All-East Region selections with Pedley the Patriot League's Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1997, and Rowe chosen the Scholar Athlete in 2002.
Twelve players served as team captains - Holly Fishburne (USMA '91), Tara Williams (USMA '94), Deidre Spence (USMA '95), Kate Pendry (USMA '96), Randee Farrell (USMA '02), Kelly Schachtler (USMA '03), Sarah Goss (USMA '09), Alex Lostetter (USMA '11), along with Albano, Pedley, Loughman and Stallard.
All 22 players left their name in the record book with Shannon Stein (USMA '00), Tosie LeGrand (USMA '94), Williams and Pedley earning Patriot League all-star honors all four years. Gretchen Meier (USMA '95), Loughman, Albano, Brown and Rowe were three-time selections.
Goalkeepers Mary Kidd (USMA '00) and Lostetter also wrote their names into Army's annals. Kidd ranks first in saves (449) and minutes played (6,584), while Lostetter is the school's all-time leader for solo (31) and combined (34) shutouts. She ranks second in goals-against average (0.76) and minutes played (5,841) and holds the single-season mark for goals-against average (0.25), set last fall when she ranked No. 2 in the nation.
Pedley put a lock on Army's freshman records in 1994 for goals (17), assists (18) and points (52). She is the career leader for assists (48) and is second in points (144). Albano, who holds the school mark for goals by a sophomore (17), ranks second in goals scored (56) and is third in game winners (16). DeViney lists second in game-winning goals (17) and is third in points (133), goals scored (52) and assists (29).
Albano, Pedley, LeGrand and Williams were Army players selected for the Patriot League All-Decade team in celebration of its 10th anniversary in the fall of 2001.
12 members of this group served as team captains
Eight earned NSCAA Northeast region honors with three first-team selections
Two were NSCAA Scholar All-East Region selections
Two were Patriot League Scholar Athletes
Two were Patriot League Offensive Players of the Year, along with a Rookie of the
Year and Defender of the Year
There is a Division I and Division II NSCAA All-American, a NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American
Four were selected for the Patriot League's all-decade team in 2001
Six earned Soccer Buzz Northeast Region honors
All left their mark in the record book
Women's soccer has enjoyed a successful history since joining the varsity ranks 26 years ago (1986) at the Division II level. Army moved to Division I four years later when it joined the newly-formed Patriot League. In its first 25 years as a varsity sport, Army captured Patriot League tournament titles in 1993 and 2008, earning its first trip to the NCAAs with the automatic league bid in the latter.
The Black Knights captured regular-season titles in the league's early years from 1991 to 1993 with its fourth title in 2002 and fifth last fall (2010). Army closed out its 25th season ranked No. 1 in the country in goals-against average, shutout percentage and save percentage.
Army made three trips to the ECAC Tournament, twice at the Division II level in 1988 and 1989, then in 1997 at Division I. The Black Knights compiled 283 wins over their first 25 years with 46 at the Division II level and 237 at Division I.
The success of the program continues under Coach Golan, who led this year's Black Knights to the Patriot League Tournament title and NCAA bid, second in four years. Army threw a scare at host Penn State, ranked #13, at the NCAA Tournament this past weekend, holding the Nittany Lions scoreless until late in the game before bowing 1-0.
In addition, Golan added Coach Ventriglia, who recorded 262 wins over a 23-year career as the first coach in the program, to the Silver Anniversary Team, along with Mady Salvani, the women's soccer sports information contact since 1986.
SILVER ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Mary Kidd (USMA '00)
Alex Lostetter (USMA '11)
Gretchen Meier (USMA '95)
Carla Miller (USMA '89)
Lauren Rowe (USMA `03)
Deidre Spence (USMA '95)
Julia Stallard (USMA '12)
Shannon Stein (USMA '00)
Tara Williams (USMA '94)
Delaney Brown (USMA '06)
Sarah Goss (USMA '09)
Tosie LeGrand (USMA '94)
Kerry Loughman (USMA '00)
Emily Nay (USMA '03)
Kate Pendry (USMA '96)
Kelly Schachtler (USMA '03)
Alexis Albano (USMA '96)
Selina DeViney (USMA '93)
Randee Farrell (USMA '02)
Holly Fishburne (USMA '91)
Leigh Kosco (USMA '06)
Holly Pedley (USMA `98)
* Gene Ventriglia (1986-2008)