In its first true road test of the year, the Army West Point Men's Soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Columbia on Friday night. The Black Knights (1-1-1) earned their first tie of the season, while the Lions (0-1-2) recorded their second. Columbia won the battle in shots (15-9) and corners (9-4), but the Army defense held its ground to prevent the Ivy League foe from grabbing a second score.
"I thought we showed some real good quality in our ability to adapt throughout the game," head coach Russell Payne said. "There were a few things that we let ourselves down with, but I thought there were more positives than negatives in this game. I can't be more pleased with our guys effort and application of detail. We will turn our attention and focus on getting ready for Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday."
Justin Stoll played a key role in stopping the Lions as the senior goalkeeper came away with a season-best seven saves. O'Shea notched his second goal of the season. He became just the 11th cadet in program history to reach 50 career points. The firstie has now scored in back-to-back games for the fifth time in his career. Epitime handed out his second collegiate helper in as many games. Stoll jumped to eighth in all-time saves with 164. Army and Columbia tied for the third time in series history. It was the 19th all-time meeting between the two squads. Read more.