Herbert on Sports Update- 3 OCT 02

The Association of Graduates gives us an update on this week's Army Black Knights sports.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (9-1-1):  Playing  away from home, we won a key league game from Lehigh 2-0, then whacked Marist College on their field 4-0.  Navy, with a record of 8-0-2, will be here tomorrow evening.  Don't know the details, but plebe goalie Morgan Bennett, ranked 3rd nationally in goals-against average, suffered a shoulder injury in plebe gymnastics this week.  Don't know if she'll start against Navy.  Only at West Point. 

VOLLEYBALL (4-10):  This Army team is not up to our usual standard in VB.  Lost to last year's Patriot League champs, American U. 3-0.  Then, playing at Annapolis, we won the first two games 30-28 and 30-21, but Navy came back to win 3 straight and the match 30-19, 30-23, and 15-12

CROSS-COUNTRY:  Both men and women's teams took first place (of seven teams competing) in the SUNY Cortland Invitational.  For the women, plebe Ashley Urick won against 57 other runners.  Junior David Fraser won the 8000-meter course for the men in 26:15.  Army swept the top 4 places. 

RUGBY CLUB:  Playing at U. of Connecticut, the "A" Side game was closer than the score indicated, but Army won 39-17.  "B" Side defeated UConn 79-0

MEN'S SOCCER (2-7-1):  Defeated winless Sacred Heart 2-0 with both goals coming in the second half. 

FOOTBALL (0-4):  Southern Miss 27, Army 6.  Army started yearling Matt Silva at QB, his first start ever.  Silva has a bullet arm and can run.  We played well on defense, and moved the ball on the ground and in the air.  Army outgained So. Miss 397 yards to 303.  We rushed for 147 yards on 35 carries as Silva's passes loosened up the defense.  But – and it's a big BUT – our own errors killed us, again.  Silva threw 6 interceptions, tieing a 74 year old Army record.  We trailed by 7-6 at the half, and were definitely in the game.  But the interceptions put us in a hole we couldn't get out of in the second half.  Also, we have trouble in the red zone.  Two field goals were all of our points, and once we were held for downs on the one-yard line.  One long run that would have placed the ball inside the So. Miss 10 was called back for a penalty.  Altogether we were penalized 10 times for 98 yards.  Defense forced two second half field goals.  On one occasion Army stopped So. Miss on 3 straight tries from our 2-yard line.  Improving, but still a loss.  At East Carolina Saturday.

Army's offensive line coach, Harold Etheridge, provides insight into the Army Team through his book "Coaching the Frontliners" available through http://www.aogusma.org/coaching

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