Aug 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With the match scoreless and looking as if both teams were going into overtime, Paloma Perez scored the eventual game-winner in the 79th minute to lead Navy past North Florida, 1-0, on Friday, Aug. 30 at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Midshipmen improve to 2-1-0, while the Ospreys fall to 1-1-1 overall.
"We showed a lot energy in the second half and it resulted into the handful of offensive attacks that put pressure on North Florida tonight," said head coach Carin Gabarra. "As time was running down and our chances falling just short, we remained sharp and composed to find a way to win. That was a very talented and organized team we faced and I am happy with our perseverance that we displayed on the field."
The first half of the contest was played mainly in the middle of the field. Neither team was able to generate an offensive opportunity good enough for a tally. North Florida (1-1-1) had the lone shot on net that was denied by Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner to preserve the scoreless tie.
As the second half was under way, the Midshipmen began to click on the offensive end. Within the first eight minutes of the half, Navy's Perez and Ashlynn Soelnner had two solid looks on net. Perez's point-blank shot was denied by North Florida's Susie Ford. Then Soelnner redirected a shot, a minute later, in the box that took a back spin and was picked up by Ford.
The Osprey's gave a quick scare on their offensive end in the 60th minute, as Carolina Lencina slashed into the box. When Lencina entered the box, the North Florida forward sent a laser shot that bounced off the top-part of the post and came back into play.
In the next 15 minutes, Navy looked as though the game was in their hands and at any minute would find the back of the net. However, shots from Lexi Ricketts, Lily Kraemer, Emily Wilkin and Julie Schumacher seemed poised for the net, but were either inches off the post or the crossbar.
Then in the 77th
minute, Coach Gabarra made six substitutions, two of which were key to Navy's success. One minute following the substitution, Kaylie Davidson
took possession of the ball and began her run down the right side of the field. As Davidson made her run, she led a streaking teammate Perez without having her to stop for the pass. Perez gained control of the ball and moments after entering the 18-yd box sent her sent curving passed Ford to give the Midshipmen a 1-0 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
"We had a couple of chances earlier but couldn't find the back of the net," said forward Paloma Perez. "As a team, we kept persevering through to find that one opportunity we would need to win. Kaylie (Davidson) made her usual over-the-top passes to me and I was fortunate to give our team the lead with my goal."
Navy's defense was able to minimize North Florida's offense by not allowing another offensive opportunity in the final 12 minutes of the contest.
Navy goalkeeper Hoerner tallied one save for her fifth career shutout. North Florida goalkeeper Ford made four saves on five chances. The Midshipmen held advantages in both shots, 14-4, and in corner kicks, 10-7.
Navy continues the 2013 season with its toughest non-conference opponent, #15 Maryland, on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Ludwig Field. Match is slated for 7 p.m.