WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior midfielder Joey Molacek scored in the 38th minute to knot the score, and Army booted six of its 18 shots in overtime as the Black Knights tied Patriot League newcomer Loyola, 1-1, in the first-ever women’s soccer meeting in front of 348 spectators Saturday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola (1-8-3, 0-3-1 PL) opened the scoring midway through the first half when Nicole Wahlig scored on a header on the far right side of the net in the 24th minute. Army (5-5-2, 1-1-1) ripped off five of the next six shots, connecting on the last attempt during that span to tie the game the game 1-1 on Molacek’s tally from close range following a long cross from sophomore forward Candace Stewart in the 38th minute.. The goal was Molacek’s second of the season and career sixteen with Stewart picking up her second helper of the season and career fourth.
Greyhound keeper Didi Haracic was outstanding in goal finishing with 11 saves, including five in the first half, the last by Molacek with three minutes remaining, as Army outshot Loyola 9-4.
Loyola held a 5-3 shot advantage in the second half with just one shot on goal, but freshman Jordan Cassalia pulled up with a big save when she turned aside an attempt by Melissa Lookingland with four seconds remaining in regulation.
The Black Knights limited Loyal to just one shot in the two 10-minute overtime periods, while ripping off four and two, respectively, but Haracic made four saves in the extra sessions. She had three in the first overtime period, the last with two seconds left on an attempt by Kimberly An, who finished with a game-high five shots. Prior to that, Haracic rejected two shots by Katie Holder, who had all four shots on goal.
Army came close at the start of the second overtime when An’s attempt hit the post, then in the waning moments of the game, Haracic denied the Black Knights on an attempt by Mallory Herron.
The draw is Army’s second of the season and first in Patriot League action as the Black Knights saw their winless streak extend to three games.
The Black Knights play their next two leagues games at home starting with American on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. and Lehigh on Oct. 19.
In other conference action today, Navy and American remain the only undefeated teams in the Patriot League with 3-0 marks. The Midshipmen’s 1-0 win knocked Colgate from the league’s unbeaten ranks, and American shut out Bucknell, 3-0, to remain atop the standings. Preseason favorite Boston University defeated Lehigh, 3-0, to list third at 3-1 followed by Colgate at 2-1. Also joining the winners was Holy Cross defeating Lafayette, 3-1, to tie for fifth place with Bucknell as both are 2-2.