Mids Blank Texas State in Home Opener, 3-0
Aug. 26, 2011
Annapolis, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team won its 2011 home opener over Texas State, 3-0, at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Friday evening. Three different players scored for the Midshipmen, who move to 1-1-1 on the season. Texas State falls to 1-2-0.
"To get a 3-0 win in our first home game, it's definitely something to be happy about," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We executed a lot of things that we have been working on in training and we were able to generate some good attacks and finish them. We still have a lot of things to work on. We need to have better decision-making and we need to play for a full 90 minutes, but we are happy to get the win tonight."
Sophomore Paloma Perez opened the game's scoring in the 16th minute when she made a nice move in the attacking end to beat her defender and then dished a pass to sophomore Hannah Morse, who played the ball right back to a streaking Perez. Perez took the pass as she was cutting through the Texas State backline, settled possession and then ripped a shot to beat the keeper from 15 yards out. It was Perez's sixth career goal.
Just before halftime, Navy struck again to increase the lead at the break to 2-0. Freshman Sam Lee took the ball in the middle of the field and broke through the Bobcat defense and passed to sophomore Sam Newhaller who was out wide on the right side. The goalkeeper charged out at Newhaller, but she was able to take a chip shot to the far side of the net for her fourth career goal.
The Mids outshot Texas State in the first half, 15-4, but the Bobcats increased the pressure after the break, outshooting Navy 7-3 in the second half.
However, the Bobcats were unable to break through for a goal and the Mids added a third tally in the 82nd minute. Perez speedily moved around her opponent on the right side of the field and was able to get some space at the end line. She then made a nice cross back towards the far side of the goal, where junior forward Brittany Fruin was waiting to head the ball in to compete the night's scoring.
Navy sophomore goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw recorded her third career shutout, making six saves in the contest, including a nice leaping save in the 59th minute where she flicked an oncoming shot just over the crossbar and out of play. It was the second shutout of the season for the reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.
"The defense has been helping out me out a lot and it's been a good team effort for us on defense," Lopez-Shaw said. "I've just been feeding off the defense and feeding off the energy on the field and it just keeps me going."
Through three games this season, Lopez-Shaw has two shutouts, a 0.31 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
Senior captain Kate Herren continued her strong play on the defensive backline, playing over 80 minutes and consistently cleared dangerous balls and controlled Navy's defense. Fellow starters Julie Schumacher, Emily Wilkin and Stephanie Strine also played a large role in keeping the Bobcats off the board.
Perez finished with one goal and one assist for three points on the night, her second career multi-point game.
Fruin also netted a goal against Texas State last season and the Mids have evened the all-time series at 1-1. Fruin is Navy's active career scoring leader and her tally tonight gives her 21 career points.
Although Navy recorded 18 shots in the game, only four where on goal, with three of those finding the back of the net.
The Mids will next play at No. 5 Maryland on Monday at 4:00 pm.