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.

UP NEXT

  • The Black Knights will host Marshall in their home-opener on Sunday with kickoff at 1 p.m.

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