Aug. 29, 2011
College Park, Md. -
Led by a goal and two assists from sophomore forward Hayley Brock, the nationally fifth-ranked Maryland (3-0-1) women's soccer team defeated Navy (1-2-1), 3-0, on Monday afternoon at Ludwig Field.
"I'm proud of our effort and we competed today," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We had intensity for 90 minutes and we didn't walk on the field with any intimidation, we didn't sit back and we went after it. We created some good chances and it was a good step forward. We want to play the best and we want to get better throughout the year for our Patriot League games.
"We almost matched them in shots and we almost matched them in corners. They outplayed us and out possessed us but we stayed in the game and I'm happy with that result."
In the 23rd minute, sophomore Paloma Perez played a ball through the box to sophomore Ashlynn Soellner, who found Brittany Fruin all by herself on the left side, who knocked the ball in the net. However, Fruin was whistled for being offside and the goal was disallowed.
Maryland broke through in the 29th minute when Olivia Wagner ripped a shot from 25 yards out that found its way into the upper right corner, past the outstretched hands of Navy goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw. Lydia Hastings and Brock were credited with assists on the goal.
Lopez-Shaw made a tough save in the 33rd minute when Hastings fired a high shot, but the keeper leaped and flicked the ball over the crossbar to deny the chance.
In the 39th minute, freshman Sam Lee played a ball to a cutting Morgan Dankanich streaking down the left side in the box, but her shot went just wide of the net.
Just before halftime in the 41st minute, Maryland scored its second goal of the game. Kristen Schmidbauer played a ball into the box where Brock headed the ball into the left side of the net. Annesia Faulkner also got an assist on the goal.
Maryland outshot Navy, 11-4 in the first half and held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Sophomore Hannah Morse opened the second half with a long shot from 40 yards out that was on line, but sailed just over the cross bar.
Navy did pick up the pressure in the second half, registering the first five shots of the second stanza, but could not break through on Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun.
Maryland's first shot in the second half was its third goal of the game. In the 77th minute, Alex Doody took a feed from Brock in the box and connected on a goal from 12 yards out.
Overall in the second half, Navy out shot Maryland, 7-2. Maryland led in total shots, 13-11 and corner kicks, 3-2.
Lopez-Shaw finished the game with five saves and Balogun made two saves to earn her third shutout of the season.
Morse led Navy with three shots, while Perez and Lee added two apiece.
The fifth-ranked Terrapins are the highest-ranked opponent since the Mids battled No. 1 North Carolina in the NCAA Second Round in 2006.
Navy will play two games in South Carolina this weekend, beginning with Charleston Southern on Friday and continuing with The Citadel on Sunday afternoon.