Army Tops Women's Soccer in 2008 Season Opener

Mele records career-high 14 saves


Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Mele

Aug. 26, 2008

WEST POINT, NY - Army netted three first half goals and went on to defeat visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology, 3-1, in the women's soccer season opener for both teams Tuesday night.

Army freshman, Dymon Washington, registered the games first goal at 19:51, as she struck the ball from 25 yards out into the upper right corner.

The Black Knights took a 2-0 lead on a free kick by Caroline Miller. Miller placed the ball inside the box as Ashleigh Sheets came across with a header into the back of the net with 26:07 on the clock.

The final goal of the night for Army was scored by Elizabeth Betterbed at the 30:48 mark, assisted by Christine O'Leary, her first assist of the season.

NJIT's lone goal was scored by sophomore Kori Washington with five minutes left in the first half. Washington dribbled the length of the field, beating defenders, and connected with a shot 10 yards out from the right side.

Washington led the Highlanders last year with five goals and 12 total points.

NJIT sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Mele took the loss, recording a career-high 14 saves. Mele broke her old career-record of 12 saves which came against Quinnipiac (9.9.07) and Navy (10.7.07) last year.

Army used three goalkeepers with sophomore Alex Lostetter playing the first half and Monica Lee and Brittany Fearnside splitting time in the second half.

The Highlanders will return to action on Friday, August 28, when they travel to Saint Peter's. The match is scheduled for a 4 pm kickoff.

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