Army Knocks Off Lafayette on Senior Day
Oct. 28, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Army jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead and held on by that margin in Lafayette's final game of the season on Senior Day at Oaks Stadium.
With the loss, the Leopards close out 2012 with a 4-12-2 overall record and 1-6-0 Patriot League mark. Army moves to 8-10-0 and 3-4 in League matches.
"The emotion of a senior day can be difficult for a team," head coach Mick Statham said after the match. "I think we came out a little slow in the first 15 minutes before we found our feet later on in the half. We played well in the second half and Kelly Boyce and Caroline Craver were excellent in very difficult conditions."
Army applied the offensive pressure in the earlygoing and forced Lafayette goalie Lauren Smedley to make a tough save on a 1v1 with Candace Stewart inside the penalty area. A few minutes later, though, the visitors netted the game's first goal, when Baily Widman rifled a right-footed strike inside the far post.
Smedley came up big again on another chance when Katie Pound ran onto a pass through the Leopards' back line. The senior was aggressive off her line and cut down the angle on Pound's shot in the 23rd minute.
After another brilliant stop on Army's Joey Molacek, the Black Knights capitalized on the ensuing corner kick with less than six minutes to play in the half. Courtney Johnson's service into the penalty area was met by Katie Holder's head to put Army up 2-0.
Smedley finished with five saves in the match as the Leopards were outshot 14-3. The Black Knights also held the edge in corner kicks, 12-3.
Prior to the start of the game the Lafayette Women's Soccer Class of 2013 was honored. Lauren Smedley, Jill Dozier, Nicole Brownell, Allison Stone and Bridget Becker were recognized in the pregame ceremony.
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