The American University women's soccer team hosted Army in the home finale Sunday afternoon at Reeves Field, although the Eagles came up on the short end of a 3-0 decision.
Army (10-3-4, 3-1-2 PL) set the tone early on with a second-minute score by Ruthie Rosenberger to take a 1-0 lead. The Black Knights took that 1-0 advantage into halftime before adding two second-half scores to put away the match. Kim An registered Army's second goal in the 71st minute and Dee Clegg added the third 12 minutes later.
American (5-11-2, 1-4-1 PL) struggled to generate offensive chances throughout the match, although kept fighting until the last whistle. The Eagles' best scoring opportunity of the afternoon came in the 90th minute when Michelle Montilio broke free in the Army defense and sent a shot that appeared to be heading for the back of the net. But Army defender Jaclyn Kalik hustled to make a tremendous defensive save on the goal line to preserve the shutout for the Black Knights.
Army held an 18-14 advantage in shots, including an 11-5 margin in shots on goal. Montilio led the Eagles with four shots while Danielle Beard, Jasmine Mohandesi, and Nicole Paviglionite each recorded two.
Prior to the match, AU's five seniors -- Arianna Efstathiou, Kimberly Kroll, Allison Slattery, Jenna Stasiewicz, and Mikaila Weaver -- were honored in a Senior Day ceremony. The senior class has been part of 27 wins over the last four seasons, including a berth in the 2009 Patriot League Championship Game. Academically, the five seniors registered 12 combined Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections in the last three years and contributed to the program's record-setting 3.54 team GPA in the 2010-11 academic year.
The Eagles will close out the season on Saturday, October 29 when they visit Colgate. Match time from Hamilton, N.Y., is set for 7 p.m.