Sept. 4, 2011
Charleston, S.C. -
Sophomore forward Ashlynn Soellner scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in the 105th minute to lift Navy to a come-from-behind, 2-1, win over The Citadel (2-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at WLI Field. Along with its 1-0 win over Charleston Southern on Friday, Navy posted a 2-0 mark in its South Carolina trip and raises its season record to 3-2-1.
Navy gave up a goal just before halftime, but responded with a tally from Paloma Perez in the second half and Soellner's game-winner on 1:04.07 gave the Mids the result.
"It's great to see the team face some adversity early in the season and be able to respond. We will be better for it moving forward the rest of the season," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "The Citadel had more possession and more opportunities in the first half and we deserved to be down, but we really played well from halftime on. We showed a lot of heart, we showed a lot of passion and we showed a lot of fight. All weekend, we finished a lot stronger than we started."
The Bulldogs opened the game's scoring just before halftime in the 44th minute, when Vanessa Aponte got through the Navy defense and when no defender closed down on her, she fired a rocket that went straight to the far post to put the Bulldogs on the board. The Citadel controlled the first half of play, outshooting Navy, 9-4, and had a 1-0 edge in corner kicks.
However, the Mids would control the game from the second half on, earning a 19-4 edge in shots for the rest of the game and held an overall lead in shots at 23-13. Navy also led in shots on goal, 8-6, and corner kicks, 5-3.
Navy tied the game in the 72nd minute when the team served the ball into The Citadel box and Perez got a touch on it, but The Citadel goalkeeper made the save. There was then a mad scramble in front of the net and Perez persisted to take swings at the ball and eventually connected and the ball found its way through the cluster and into the net.
Although Navy outplayed The Citadel throughout the rest of the second half, the score remained at 1-1, forcing the overtime period. The Mids had the better first overtime, outshooting the Bulldogs, 3-0, and holding a 3-0 edge in corner kicks, but the score remained at 1-1.
Navy had a strong opportunity during the 102nd minute in the second overtime when freshman Lily Kraemer beat her defender and was driving in goal, but was taken down in the box at the six-yard mark. However, no call was given, preventing the Mids from a chance at a penalty kick.
The Mids would break through in the 105th, when freshman Julie Schumacher served the ball into the box and Soellner headed it off the keeper's hands and off the bottom of the cross bar. The ball came down on an angle, over the goal line. However, the officials did not immediately signal for the goal and play resumed. Navy immediately knocked the ball in again and the officials finally blew the whistle, conferred, and signaled that Soellner's original header was a good goal and the game was over.
Soellner also scored a `Golden Goal' in the 99th minute in Navy's overtime win over George Mason last season on August 29 and now has five career game-winners. Perez's goal was her second of the weekend and third of the season. Perez also took a game-high five shots. She leads all Navy scorers with seven points.
Schumacher's assist on Soellner's game-winner was her first career point and she is the only Navy freshmen to start all six games this season.
Sophomore Alexes Lopez-Shaw earned her third win in the net this season for Navy, making five saves. Lopez-Shaw now has a 0.78 GAA and a .833 save percentage.
The Mids will next host the annual Navy Invitational next Friday and Sunday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy will first play Bryant on Friday at 7 pm and will host Davidson Sunday at 2 pm.