Oct. 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Army men’s soccer team battled to a 0-0 draw at American in a Patriot League match on Saturday afternoon at Reeves Field. The Black Knights move to 5-4-4 overall and 2-2-1 in the conference, while the Eagles, who are receiving votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, go to 8-3-2 and 2-2-1.
Both teams pick up their seventh point of the season to move into a tie for third in the Patriot League behind Boston University (12 points) and Navy (nine points).
Army had scoring chances early in the contest as senior Sean Mogan had a shot blocked in the sixth minute before having an attempt saved by American junior Dylan Hobert in the 15th minute.
The Eagles went on to create the majority of offensive chances for the remainder of the opening half, owning a 12-1 shot advantage during the final 29:23 of the period. After American sent three shots wide during a 5:09 span early in the stanza, the Army defense blocked a chance by senior Conor Osborne in the 25th minute before Army senior Winston Boldt denied Osborne’s follow-up attempt seven seconds later.
Boldt, who finished with three saves in the match, turned away a shot from American sophomore Jake Garcia in the 34th minute to keep the score 0-0. Army sophomore Christian Ollen sent a shot high of the crossbar just 51 seconds before the halftime whistle as both sides would head into the break scoreless.
Army made strides to button up defensively in the second half, allowing American just three shots in the period after giving up 13 in the first half. Boldt stopped Garcia’s shot in the 77th minute for his only save of the stanza, while sophomore Nick Williams had his header saved in the 82nd minute for the Black Knights. Neither team recorded a shot over the final 8:43 of regulation.
Both sides had a pair of chances in the first overtime period to include attempts by Mogan and junior Cody Guerry in the 96th and 98th minutes, respectively, following corner kicks from freshman Shaban Abousaud.
American turned up the pressure in the second overtime, registering shots in the 102nd, 104th and 105th minutes before drawing three corner kicks during a stretch of 1:47 midway through the period. Army sophomore Christian Clark had a late chance that was saved by Hobert in the 109th minute, while American sophomore Panos Nakhid’s shot was blocked by the Black Knight defense 52 seconds before the final whistle.
Army continues its three-game road trip when it heads to Rutgers on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The nonconference match is slated for 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Army moves to 3-10-2 in its all-time series with American … Winston Boldt made three saves for his sixth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career … Army moves to 0-1-2 this season against teams receiving votes in the NSCAA national poll (0-0 tie vs. Air Force, 2-0 loss at Boston University)