Oct. 28, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The American University men's soccer team lost at Army on Saturday, 3-2, and the team failed to advance to the four-team Patriot League Tournament.
American needed either a win or Bucknell to lose against Navy earlier Saturday to earn a spot in the PL tourney. Unfortunately for the Eagles, neither of those happened.
In a game played in wet, sloppy weather, neither team's offense could connect in the opening period. However, Army controlled play for much of the first half, outshooting the Eagles, 7-1. That momentum carried into the second stanza, when Army opened the scoring in the 54th minute when John Borland scored on a free kick.
The Black Knights jumped further ahead just five minutes later when Chris Conklin scored off a feed from Chase Hunter.
In a 2-0 hole, the Eagles needed some things to go right for them, and something did. With 25:53 left in the game, senior Sal Caccavale (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) was awarded a penalty kick, which he buried to cut the lead in half. American's offense picked up in the second half, firing 10 shots in the period to Army's seven.
However, Army nearly put the game out of reach when Conklin scored his second goal of the game, again off a Hunter feed, in the 84th minute.
American did not lay down, though, and Caccavale scored yet again. In the 86th minute, Caccavale's shot hooked into the right side of the goal to pull the Eagles to within one. Unfortunately, AU could not get the equalizer and played the final three minutes down a man after a red card.
With his two goals, Caccavale finished his AU career in the Eagles' all-time top-10 in scoring. American finishes its season 6-10-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the Patriot League.