HERBERT ON SPORTS
27 SEPTEMBER 2002
WOMEN'S SOCCER (7-1-1): Paced by an outstanding plebe class, Army rolled over four more opponents and moved up to Number 7 in the Northeast Region. In the nine games, Army's women have scored 27 goals and given up 4. This past week the cadets defeated Manhattan 7-0, routed Howard U. 8-0, stopped Stony Brook 2-0, and opened Patriot League competition at Holy Cross with our 4th consecutive shutout 1-0. Team captain Kelly Schachtler won the Holy Cross game late in the second half, heading in classmate Emily Nay's pass from 7 yards out. Plebe Morgan Bennett got the shutout in goal for Army. Her .40 goals-against average is 9th nationally. Army outshot Holy Cross 9-5 and had an 8-4 margin in corner kicks. And, we haven't lost since Bennett took over goal in the Air Force game. Army's scoring leaders – tied with 6 goals apiece – are three plebe starters: Delaney Brown, Jennifer Pascucci and Lee Kosco (5th generation USMA). In the win over Manhattan, Pascucci scored 3 goals.
Army is at league opponent Lehigh Saturday, at Marist Tuesday, and will play unbeaten Navy at home next Friday.
SPRINT FOOTBALL (1-0): The lightweight team opened the season with a 29-12 win over St. Peter's College JV team. Lost a TD when our running back fumbled at the goal line.
VOLLEYBALL (4-8): Playing at the Marist College tournament, Army defeated Marist and Hartford U. by identical 3-1 scores, but lost tough matches to LaSalle and Akron by scores of 3-2. We open Patriot League play at Navy today.
RUGBY CLUB: Trailing a good Norwich U. team (at Norwich) 6-3 at the half, Army's "A" Side put it together in the second half and won 24-6. The "B" Side had less trouble and won 79-0!
MEN'S SOCCER (1-6-1): Our new coach, Kurt Swanbeck, is installing a new system this year, and we're off to a slow start. Lost to Liberty U. 1-2 in overtime, and then beaten by Appalachian State 3-0. St. Peter's at home today, and Sacred Heart Tuesday.
FOOTBALL (0-3): This was a very good Louisville team – they knocked off #4 Florida State 26-20 last night – but we made it easy for them with two blocked punts and a punt returned for a TD. That's 21 points given away. To Louisville's credit, they didn't play up to expectations either, with 17 penalties for 135 yards (we were penalized 75 yards).
Louisville won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Army's captains mistakenly opted to kickoff – which meant we'd have to kickoff twice, and it was all down hill from there, Louisville scoring on their first possession. Louisville led 31-0 at the half. Army's defense played with enthusiasm, but the 2 blocked punts and an 81-yard punt return eliminated any chance we had to stay in the game. Not figuring in the stats was the bad tackling by Army – on one play, Louisville QB Dave Ragone, faced with 3rd and long, scrambled 22 yards to a 1st down on our 10...four Army players had hands on him, two behind the line of scrimmage, but he got away. In the third quarter, a hard tackle on our 12 jarred the ball loose after a Louisville completion, junior linebacker Ryan Kent scooped it up and ran 88 yards for a TD.
A 32-yard punt return (after a missed tackle as he caught the ball) set up Louisville's last TD. Army scored on a short pass from yearling QB Matt Silva to reserve tight end Warren Stewart with 2 minutes to play.
Plebe QB Zac Dahman couldn't move the team. Louisville, rushing our QB hard and with 8-9 players in the box, effectively stopped our running game. We gained 26 yards on 30 carries. Louisville gained 171 yards on 43 carries; we passed for 114 yards on 11 for 28, and Louisville passed for 231 yards on 18 for 33. We only averaged 32 yards on 10 punts. No interceptions or fumbles for Army. Louisville played reserves for most of the 2nd half.
This week, we're a 28-point underdog against Southern Mississippi, who are 3-1. We will start yearling Matt Silva at QB; Dahman is out with a pulled muscle.
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