Aug. 24, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Junior forward Paloma Perez and freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson each tallied five points to lead Navy (2-1) to a 6-0 win over USC Upstate (1-2) on Friday evening at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Both Perez and Davidson scored two goals with one assist and one of the two had a hand in every Navy scoring play.
Navy opened the game with three goals in the first 15 minutes and added a fourth before the first half was complete. Navy then added two goals in the second half to secure its largest margin of victory since defeating Delaware State by the same score on October 3, 2010.
"I'm really happy with the way we played tonight," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We worked the entire week on a certain style of play and a certain game plan and for the most part, we stuck to it. The team executed very well. Our midfield possession was very good and that created chances up top for our forwards and we finished very well."
Navy opened the scoring in the fourth minute when junior Taylor Batye played the ball from the midfield through the USC Upstate defense to sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich, who took the ball on the left side and then crossed to Perez who beat the keeper from 15 yards out with a one-touch chip shot.
Just four minutes later sophomore defender Julie Schumacher passed up the right side to Perez, who made a big cross to junior forward Ashlynn Soellner. Soellner controlled the ball and then connected for her first goal of the season.
In the 16th minute, Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner
sent a long punt that deflected of a Spartan's head around midfield and went back towards the USC Upstate's backline where Perez tracked it down and shot past the keeper for her second goal of the game.
Perez established a new career-high of five points in the game's opening 16 minutes.
Navy continued to apply the pressure in the first half and with just 16 seconds remaining, freshman Kaylie Davidson ripped a shot from 20 yards out off a feed from sophomore Rachel Hunter to give Navy a 4-0 halftime lead. The Mids outshot USC Upstate, 17-2, in the first half.
Davidson got on the board again in the second half, this time scoring a very opportunistic goal in the 72nd minute. Sophomore Sarah Martella sent a corner kick into the box, which junior defender Britta Vivaldi headed towards goal, but a USC Upstate defender got a foot on the ball and kicked it straight up into the cross bar. When the ball came back down, Davidson was there to knock it into the net.
The Mids scored their final goal in the 82nd minute when Davidson flicked an errant USC Upstate goalkeeper punt ahead to sophomore Caprice Kelty who streaked down the right side and fired a shot to the far left corner for Navy's sixth goal of the game.
Three Midshipmen goalkeepers combined for the team's first shutout of the season. Hoerner started the game and played the entire first half to earn her second win of the year. Junior Alexes Lopez-Shaw played the first 39 minutes of the second half and junior Kalli Schulz played the final six. Each keeper made one save.
Navy held a 26-5 advantage in overall shots and a 15-3 edge in shots on goal.
Navy used 26 players in the game and eight Mids registered at least one point.
USC Upstate goalkeeper Sarah Plantz made nine saves.
Navy will look for a third straight victory on Sunday when the team hosts George Mason at 2:00 PM.