Hudson Valley Sports Report

Army women run out of time, fall to Rutgers

WEST POINT – Not enough time.

Seniors Kimberly An and Joey Molacek scored within a 12-minute span late in the game to draw the Army women’s soccer team to within a goal of Rutgers, but the Black Knights’ comeback fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Scarlet Knights in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon at Clinton Field.

Junior Sara Corson had a hand in all three goals for the Rutgers, tallying the opening and closing goal and assisting on the other in staking Rutgers to a 3-0 lead. Following a defensive first half battle between the Black Knights and Scarlet Knights, Corson scored off a free kick just before halftime to head into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

Rutgers scored twice over a seven-minute span at the start of the second half. Jonelle Filigno tallied just over two minutes into the game off an assist by Corson, who followed with her second goal and what would prove to be the game winner five minutes later for a 3-0 lead.

“We can’t allow that first goal right before the half,” Army coach Marcia McDermott said. “That was kind of a momentum changer for us. We didn’t come out fighting hard enough at halftime. We allowed seven minutes spate to change the nature of the game. Then we fought back and that was great character. But if we take care of those other moments, then we don’t have to demonstrate that at the end.”

Army kept Rutgers in check over the time remaining with freshman goalkeeper Jordan Cassaliastopping five straight shots, including back-to-back saves within a six-second span on attempts by Maria Gerew. Cassalia, posting a career-high seven saves, rejected a breakaway attempt by Gerew. who attempted to connect on the rebound in the 72nd minute.

Just over two minutes later, An put the Black Knights on the scoreboard when she booted a 22-yard free kick into the left corner of the Rutgers net against back-up keeper Alan Jimenez to draw Army to 3-1.

At the 85:35 mark, Army was awarded a penalty kick when Candace Stewart was brought down in the box. The nod to take the shot was given to Molacek who converted (15th career goal) as the Black Knights drew to 3-2.

Following the goal, Rutgers immediately returned starting keeper Jessica Janosz to the net. Neither team was able to get off a shot over the time remaining as the Scarlet Knights won their inaugural game with Army.

“We did some very good things today. When we played well, we played very well, and we are starting to learn how to solve the pressure,” McDermott said. “We just have to do it consistently and do it for 90 minutes. When you are down 3-0 and fight back to 3-2 and have opportunities at the end to make it 3-3, you have to look at that as a good character builder for our team. That is the kind of fight you want to see in a team. I still think we could have brought more. I think we had opportunities early in the game that would have changed the nature of the game had we taken advantage. We have to get more consistent with our ability to finish our opportunity and defend our box better.”

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