Sept. 2, 2011
North Charleston, S.C. -
Sophomore Paloma Perez scored in the 85th minute and sophomore Alexes Lopez-Shaw posted her third shutout in five games to lift visiting Navy (2-2-1) to a 1-0 win over Charleston Southern (0-3-0) in women's soccer at a soggy Buccaneer Field on Friday afternoon.
"It's always nice to win on the road," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We defended well and prevented them from connecting passes and the defense played tight. We also did a good job of holding possession. We still have some making up to do to get to where we want to be, but it's always good to get a win."
With six minutes remaining in regulation, Perez carried the ball to the endline and served a ball through the box that faded in towards goal. The Charleston Southern keeper jumped in an attempt to control the ball but mishandled it and the ball went over her head and into the goal, with Perez being credited with the tally at 84:22.
The goal was Perez's second goal of the season and second game-winner of the year. She now has seven career goals and three game-winners. Perez, the current Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, leads the team with five points.
With Perez providing the offense for Navy, it was once again Lopez-Shaw who continued her strong play with yet another shutout, the fourth of her career. Lopez-Shaw made one save in the contest and lowered her GAA on the season to 0.77.
Navy also received a big spark from freshmen Lily Kraemer, Caprice Kelty and Kahra Kelty, along with sophomore Sam Newhaller, when the group was inserted into the attacking end midway through the second half. The unit was able to showcase Navy's depth and turn up the attacking pressure on the Buccaneers. Junior Kelsey Learned also came off the bench to play key minutes in the second half.
Navy outshot Charleston Southern, 14-12, and held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Prior to the Perez goal, one of Navy's best opportunities to score came in the 24th minute when freshman Jade Seabrook ripped a shot off the cross bar.
With the win, Navy evens the all-time series with Charleston Southern at 1-1.
Navy will remain in the Charleston area to play at The Citadel on Sunday at noon.