Mids Knock Off Boise State 2-1, Improve to 4-0
Aug. 30, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy built a two-goal advantage on early goals from freshman Brittany Fruin (McLean, Va.) and junior Carissa Youker (Potomac, Md.) and then successfully fended off a feisty Boise State squad in a 2-1 victory on the final day of the 10th annual Navy Soccer Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
The Midshipmen remain unbeaten, improving to 4-0-0 on the young season, while the visiting Broncos fall to 2-2-0.
"We're definitely happy with where we are at," said Navy head coach Carin Gabarra of her team's 4-0 start. "I thought today we came out and were totally mentally-prepared and it showed over the first 20 minutes. We dominated the play with two early scores, but we couldn't manage to put the the third away and let them back in the game.
"Boise is a quality opponent. They were quick, athletic and really gave us trouble with their ability to get behind our midfield. We have a very difficult stretch coming up, so we're very happy to start off with a win."
Junior Christine Calderon (Yorktown, Va.) won possession after a failed Boise State clear attempt and flicked the ball inside the center of the box where Fruin was lurking. The Mids' talented first-year midfielder proceeded to beat the Broncos' keeper to the 50-50 ball and put home her second career goal.
In the 16th minute, freshman Fallon Puppolo (Sankt Leon, Germany) registered her second assist of the weekend, sending a perfectly-placed through ball to Youker, who calmly touched the ball past the keeper on a 1v1 break-in. Calderon was also credited with her second assist of the afternoon on the goal.
Rather than fold in the face of a 2-0 deficit, the visiting Broncos stemmed Navy's run and wound up carrying the play for much of the remaining part of the first half.
The Broncos produced a number of quality scoring chances and eventually broke through at 35:14, as a Navy giveaway resulted in a breakaway goal from junior Shannon Saxton.
The play evened out over the final 45 minutes and that would be all the scoring the match would see, despite Boise State's five second-half corner attempts.
Both teams put five shots on target on the afternoon, while Boise State produced a 8-3 advantage in corners.
Senior goalkeeper and team captain Beth Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.) made three saves, including a pair of breakaway stops on 27' and 33', to earn the victory. Reed has stopped 9 of 11 attempts on target (.818) and now owns an 0.54 goals-against average through four games.
Sophomore Amanda Serfass (Fort Worth, Texas) was named the Navy Soccer Invitational's Most Valuable Player.
"Amanda really had a great weekend," added Gabarra. "She was all over the field and really played a major role in our two victories."
She was joined on the 11-member all-invitational squad by Reed, Puppolo and senior Brittany White (Carmel, Ind.), who tied a career-high with five points (2 g, 1 a) in Friday's win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
Navy travels to Coral Gables, Fla. next weekend to take part in the University of Miami Soccer Invitational. The Mids square off with Dayton on Friday at 5:00 pm before facing the host Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 3:30 pm.
"We have three-straight very high quality opponents coming up (Dayton, Miami and James Madison)," said Gabarra. "It will be a challenge, but we're looking forward to seeing where we stand."
2009 Navy Soccer Invitational
Boise State 1-1-0
Kaylea Perenon, Boise State
Malia Hendrix, Boise State
Maureen Fitzgerald, Boise State
Rashidah Sherman, Fairleigh Dickinson
Jen Arceneaux, Fairleigh Dickinson
Katie Hilder, Fairleigh Dickinson
Meghan Mohr, Rider
Angela Monaco, Rider
*With two goals inside the match's first 16 minutes Sunday afternoon, Navy has now scored 12 first-half goals (all before 30') in its first four games.
*Sunday's match was the first-ever between the two programs. Both Navy and Boise State were both also playing their first contests against each other's respective conference (Patriot League & Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
*Calderon has registered a point in each of her first four games. She leads the Mids in scoring with eight points (3 g, 2 a).
*Navy begins its season with four-straight victories for the second time in four seasons (also did so in 2006).
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