Two Late Goals Send Navy Past Jacksonville, 2-1
Aug. 31, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Lily Kraemer (Pitman, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute to cap a late-game comeback as the Navy women's soccer team (4-1) defeated Jacksonville (1-3), 2-1, at Ashley Sports Complex on Friday evening. The game was Navy's fourth straight victory and Navy's first road game of the year.
After Navy tied the game in the 84th minute, sophomore midfielder Rachel Hunter (Raleigh, N.C.) sent a big arcing serve into the box where Kraemer headed it in with 88:25 showing on the clock. Kraemer's goal, the first of her career, sealed the win for the Midshipmen.
"Nobody thought we were out of the game when we went down 1-0," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "There is a lot of belief on this team and our heart is tremendous. However, we were not focused for the entire match and that's what put us in the hole that we had to fight out of."
Jacksonville scored the game's first goal in the 69th minute. Emily Culbreth put a shot on goal that Navy junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) knocked down but could not control. Jacksonville's Becca Massip then moved in to knock the loose ball into the net from five yards out.
Jacksonville held on to its 1-0 lead for 15 more minutes, but the momentum had swung in Navy's favor. The Mids were constantly threatening and recorded five corner kicks in a three-minute span around the 80th minute.
Navy finally broke through in the 84th minute to even the game at 1-1. Sophomore defender Kahra Kelty (Odenton, Md.) carried the ball down the left side and then made a cross into the box that slid through traffic to junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), who connected from six yards out with a low shot to the right corner. Soellner has now scored in three straight games and has 15 in her career.
Hoerner made five saves in the game for her fourth win. Navy held a 16-14 shot advantage over Jacksonville, which included a 9-6 edge in the critical second half.
Navy has now scored seven game-winning goals in the 80th minute or later over the last two seasons. Earlier this week, Navy trailed George Mason, 2-1, but received goals in the 81st and the 90th minute (Soellner) to rally for the 3-2 win.
Gabarra won her 247th career game and her 241st at Navy on Friday. Gabarra is now tied with former men's coach Glenn Warner (1946-75) for the all-time lead for most wins by a soccer coach (either gender) at the Naval Academy and she is just three wins shy of becoming the 26th women's soccer coach to win 250 career games.
Navy will remain in Jacksonville for a Sunday contest at North Florida at 1:00 PM.