American falls to Army in battle at Jacobs
Maddy Spratt and Alyssa Apuzzo scored hat tricks in loss
Sophomore attacker Maddy Spratt began the scoring promptly with a free position goal less than a minute into the game. Fellow sophomore attacker Alyssa Apuzzo added on with a goal of her own a minute and half later. Army’s defense pressured American hard, resulting in a turnover. That pressure allowed them to roll through the Eagles’ defense and get on the board. Maintaining intensity, Army fouled AU, sending freshman attacker Annabelle Jackson to the free position line. Jackson scored, putting American up 3-1.
The scoring subsided for about six minutes as the two teams’ defenses battled. The Black Knights surged and scored three goals in the final minute and half of the quarter to take the 4-3 lead over the Eagles. The first two goals were scored unassisted as the American defense crumbled, and the final was scored on a free position shot.
Spratt began the quarter’s scoring once again to pull American even with Army. The Black Knights immediately fired back, regaining the lead 18 seconds later. The Eagles and Black Knights exchanged pairs of goals to maintain a one goal Army lead, as freshman midfielder Reagan Murdoch scored on a free position shot and Apuzzo added her second of the game. American received more free position chances, but a number went wide or were saved by Army.
Apuzzo and Spratt completed hat tricks in just the first half, but their contributions couldn’t stop Army from holding onto the lead. The Black Knights capped off the half with another goal with just five seconds left.
Army entered the second half up by two goals, but they were not going to stop there. The Black Knights scored again to go up by 3 just a minute into the quarter. Freshman midfielder Kellie Linehan scored to bring American back within 2, but Army scored again shortly after. Junior goalkeeper Mary Alice Collins made a series of great saves to keep the Eagles in the game.
American received a yellow card towards the end of the quarter, but it was not enough to stop Spratt from scoring her fourth of the game. Army scored a man-up goal on that same card. Spectators got deja vu as American took another yellow card which allowed Army to score another man-up goal. Army kept on their trend of scoring in the final seconds of the quarter and scored man-down with just three seconds left in the third.
The Eagles and Black Knights exchanged shots and turnovers for the first half of the final quarter, but no goals were scored. Halfway through, Army ended the drought with another man-up goal. The Eagles attempted to remain within reach of the Black Knights; however, their shots were saved, and Army broke through the American defense twice more. Army won the game by a score of 18-10.
The Eagles next take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Saturday, April 8 at 12 p.m. for their senior day on Jacobs Field.
This article was edited by Delaney Hoke and Nina Heller. Copy editing done by Isabelle Kravis and Natasha LaChac.