Second-Half Surge Lifts Army in Season Opener
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Army West Point women's soccer head coach Adrian Blewitt picked up his first win at the helm of the Black Knights with a 2-0 victory over Wagner in the 2018 season opener Friday evening. The Black Knights improved to 1-0-0, while the Seahawks dropped to 0-1-0. After a scoreless first half, Army turned up the heat in the final 45 minutes by finding the back of the net twice in a four-minute span. Sophomore Erynn Johns (65th minute) and rookie Lauren Stovar (69th minute) netted their first goals of the season, while sophomore goalie Sydney Cassalia posted a three-save shutout. HOW IT HAPPENED
Johns opened the scoring in the 65th minute after bringing down a free kick from Cassalia at the edge of the box, beating a pair of Wagner defenders and punching in a deflection off the Wagner goalkeeper.
Stovar provided Army with an insurance goal four minutes later when she headed in a corner kick from senior captain Sydney Witham into the back of the net.
ARMY HIGHLIGHTS AND GAME NOTES
Army won its season-opener for the 19th time in program history and third in the last four years.
The Black Knights scored multiple goals in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 18 (W, 4-1 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson) and Sept. 24 (W, 2-1 vs. Lafayette), 2016.
Tonight also marked the first time since those games that Army was victorious in back-to-back contests.
Army led Wagner in shots (8-4), shots on goal (7-3) and corner kicks (6-2).
Blewitt became the fourth Army head coach to win his first-career game with the Black Knights.
Johns scored a goal for the second game in-a-row after earning her first-career goal in the season finale last season at American.
Cassalia posted her seventh career shutout and first of the season.
Stovar tallied her first-career goal in her collegiate debut.
The Black Knights will host Marshall in their home-opener on Sunday with kickoff at 1 p.m.