Junior Daniel Shannon scored two goals to lead a potent offensive attack as the American University men's soccer team defeated Army, 4-0, at Reeves Field on Sunday afternoon. American controlled the tempo and style of play for nearly the entire match as the Eagles posted a season-high 26 shots, with nine on goal, to the Black Knight's two.
Army (1-9, 0-2) earned its best scoring opportunity of the day
less than one minute into the action as Michael Chere sent a header
on goal following a corner kick. American's (5-3-1, 2-0) Matt
Makowski was in perfect position to make the save
though and sent the ball up and over the goal for his only save of
the match. Following Army's ensuing corner, American took over and
controlled possession for the majority of the half.
American pressured the Black Knight's defense on several occasions over the first 18-plus minutes of play but failed to put a goal past Army goalkeeper Nick Alexander. Jack Scott made a run at the goal in the 20th minute after receiving a pass from Mike Worden on the right side of the box and took it in on the baseline to the right post. Alexander charged out to make the save on Scott's shot, but the play proved to be a preview of what would come in the second half for the Eagles.
American continued to push the ball upfield as the half wore on and in the 31st minute nearly came through with its first goal off a Worden corner kick. Ryan Morales received the pass and played a header towards the net but was just high with his attempt. Later, Worden took a shot from point blank but his try was saved by Alexander to preserve a 0-0 tie heading into the half.
The Eagles started quickly coming out of the break and just missed with a Worden shot, which hit the post in the 47th minute. Shannon put American on the board soon after, however, with his third goal of the season in the 51st minute. Nick Kapus played the ball through the Army defense to Shannon in the center of the field where he beat two more defenders to make a run at the goal. Alexander charged out, but Shannon was able to beat him to the far post, giving American a 1-0 advantage.
The flood gates opened for the Eagles in the final six-plus minutes as their continued pressure finally wore down Army's defense. Shannon scored his second goal of the game, and fourth of the season, in the 84th minute. The score was nearly identical to his first as Kapus sent a pass through two defenders to Shannon, who had an open run at the goal. With Alexander again charging at him, Shannon calmly played the ball over top of the goalkeeper before tapping it in for a 2-0 lead.
Scott made it a three-goal game three minutes later when he had a one-on-none look at the goal and made the most of it for his first score of the season. Jamie Davin was credited with the assist as he found Scott streaking in behind the Army defense, which had stopped on the play in an attempt to draw an offside call. The tactic was unsuccessful, as the officials let the play continue, resulting in a Scott shot from the left side of the box to the far post.
Moments later, Davin gave American the final 4-0 margin, scoring
on a ball from left side of the box to the far post on a difficult
Menzie earned the assist on the play.
American outshot Army by a final total of 26-2 with nine shots going on goal, and held a distinct 13-3 advantage in penalty corners. Worden led the team with five shots on the day while six others tallied three shots each. Makowski made one save in 90 minutes of action.
"We said we would get some opportunities, and once we got one,
we though we might be able to get two or three, and fortunately it
turned out to be four," remarked American Head Coach Todd
West in his live postgame interview on Eagles Vision
TV. "But I was just happy the guys stayed with it and didn't get
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, October 10, when they host Lafayette at 1 p.m. at Reeves Field. The match can be seen live on the new Eagles Vision TV channel, featuring multiple camera angles, a live scoreboard and analysis from a studio broadcast team and sideline reporters. To sign up for Eagles Vision TV today, click here.