WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army has a challenging Patriot League women’s soccer match Saturday when the Black Knights (5-4-1, 1-0-0 PL) welcome Boston University (5-3-1, 0-1-0 PL) to Clinton Field for their conference home debut at 3 p.m.
Patriot League competition began last weekend with the Black Knights defeating Bucknell, 2-1, in double overtime on the road, while the preseason favorite Terriers suffered a 1-0 road defeat to Navy in their first-ever Patriot League game as an own goal sent them to the loss against the defending tournament champion Midshipmen.
Army closed out its non-league schedule 4-4-1 following a 1-0 loss to Binghamton in the first-ever meeting Monday evening. The Black Knights, who were picked fifth in the Patriot League preseason poll, are looking to start off league play 2-0 for the first time since 2010.
Senior Kimberly An is the reigning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week following her game-winning goal in the 101st minute that lifted Army to the Bucknell decision. The tally was her team-leading fifth of the season.
Army ranks among the league’s offensive leaders, listing third in points (37) and goals (14), and second in corner kicks (54). Four Black Knights rank among the league’s top 10 with An second in the conference in scoring with 12 points (five goals, two assists) and tied for second in goals. Katie Holder shares fourth place in goals (three), while Molly McGuigan and Anna Lail are tied for ninth (two). An and Holder, who list among the leaders in assists and game winners (two), respectively, are tied for first in shots (28). .
Defensively, Army has four shutouts with freshman Jordan Cassalia recording three solo efforts and sharing the other posting a 1.08 goals against average.
The Black Knights broke into the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings this week, tying for 10th place with Dayton. Army is one of four Patriot League schools ranked, joining No. 3 Navy, No. 4 Boston University and No. 9 Colgate.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers’ 1-0 league opening loss to Navy not only snapped a three-game win streak, but a run of 32 conference wins as well. Prior to joining the Patriot League, Boston University was aligned with America East.
Among the teams on BU’s non-conference slate were South Carolina, Penn State and Boston College. The Terriers and the Gamecocks battled to a 0-0 overtime draw, while BU suffered 1-0 defeats to the Nittany Lions and Eagles. At the time, South Carolina and Penn State ranked 11th and 14th, respectively, while BC lists 13th in the latest NSCAA rankings.
Though the Terriers list sixth in the league in points (23) and goals (eight), they lead the league defensively in fewest goals allowed (five) and goals against average (0.54), and rank second in shutouts (five). Senior Andrea Green leads the league in fewest goals allowed (five) and goals against average (0.52).
HOW TO FOLLOW SATURDAY’S GAME: The Army-BU match will be video streamed live on Knight Vision, the Black Knights subscription-based multimedia platform available through Army’s official website (www.goARMYsports.com). Live stats via GameTracker (navigate to women’s soccer schedule page) will also be available on Army’s website. In-game Twitter updates will be offered through the official handle of Army women's soccer (@Army_WSoccer).