WASHINGTON – American University women's soccer played a strong game in its return to Reeves Field, but could not overcome to early goals by Army. Senior Lindsay Muri scored in the 59th minutes and the Eagles outshot the Black Knights, 16-9, but were unable to find the equalizer late, falling 2-1.
The AU-Army rivalry has been an impressive one over the past few years. The two teams played twice last season, with neither finding a goal in two double overtime affairs. American advanced in the Patriot League Quarterfinals last season in penalty kicks, but the Black Knights found its revenge on Saturday afternoon.
The two teams went scoreless in the first 43 minutes, extending their scoreless streak against each other to 271 total minutes.
Army broke through with a header in the 44th minute to take a 1-0 lead into the break. The Black Knights also scored 10 minutes out of the half to take a 2-0 advantage.
Despite the Army score in the second stanza, AU looked like a different team, outshooting the Black Knights, 12-3.
"I thought we played well today, especially in the second half. We executed well offensively and really got our set moving," said head coach Anabel Hering. "We need to do better in not letting those early goals up, but we showed well, coming back after those scores."
The Eagles snapped its scoreless stretch in the 58th minute as Muri netted her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
American kept on the pressure late, pressing for the game-tying strike, but Army goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia totaled eight saves to keep the Eagles back.
AU returns to the pitch next weekend at Lafayette.