Army Holds Lafayette Scoreless in 0-0 Draw

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Oct. 27, 2012

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4-9-2, 1-3-2
 
  1 2 OT F
Army 0 0 0 0
Lafayette 0 0 0 0
 
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6-7-4, 2-1-3
 
 
 
 
 Goalkeepers
 Player Mins GA S
 Army - Boldt 110:00 0 8
 LC - McDonald 110:00 0 2

EASTON, Pa. - A physical 110 minutes of soccer could not separate Lafayette and Army as the two sides played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon at Oaks Stadium. 

Lafayette dominated the second half and overtime, outshooting Army 13-3 after intermission, but couldn't put one in the back of the net. 

With the result, Lafayette moves to 6-7-4 overall and 2-1-3 in the Patriot League, while Army goes to 4-9-2 overall and 1-3-2 in conference play. Each team claims a point and Lafayette now has 9, ahead of Army's 5, with one match remaining.

Sixteen minutes into the match, Army drew a foul in the Leopards' defensive third, but Lafayette goalie Nathan McDonald stood his ground and swallowed up Michael Kim's strike from 25 yards out.

After coming on as a substitution for Peter Adubato on the Leopards' front line, freshman Greg Biggiani gave Lafayette a great chance to score in the opening half with a header on the far post. A flick by Alec Golini set Biggiani up for the chance, but Army keeper Winston Boldt came off his line to stop the attempt just as Biggiani put his head to the pass, keeping the match scoreless. 

With a minute remaining in the half, Lafayette earned a corner kick and gained its best chance to score of the half. Army initially defended the corner, but Lafayette put it back in and Michael Bloom put a shot over the bar from six yards out after Golini's header set up the opportunity

Midway through the second half, Lafayette began to ratchet up its offensive pressure and Boldt was once again quick off his line to halt a Leopards' scoring chance. Jeff McLaughlin led Golini behind the Army defense with a through ball, but Golini's right footed touch was knocked aside. 

The Maroon and White continued to dictate the action in Army's end for the remainder of the half prior to the overtime session starting. Golini had a shot sail just over the bar with 30 seconds to play in regulation.

Late in the second overtime, Adubato had two chances to put home the winning tally, but he was stopped in close as the game ended without a goal. Adubato led Lafayette with six shots, including two on goal. 

As a team the Leopards outshot Army 16-6 and held the edge in corners, 9-6. Boldt made eight saves in the contest, while McDonald turned away two in his fifth shutout of the season.

Lafayette closes out its 2012 regular season with a Patriot League match on Nov. 3 against Bucknell.  Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is set for 3 p.m. and the Class of 2013 will be honored pregame.

Game Notes:

Lafayette wore gold shoelaces to raise awareness for Pediatric Cancer. October is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and donations to support the cause can be made online at www.Go4theGoal.com

Lafayette is unbeaten in its last 12 matches against Army

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