Navy Women Battle to Scoreless Draw with Central Connecticut St.
Sept. 7, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Senior goalkeeper Lizzie Barnes (New Orleans, La.) posted her 22nd career shutout to tie the program's all-time record as the Navy women's soccer team (2-2-1) battled Central Connecticut State (2-1-3) to a 0-0 draw in the finale of the Navy Soccer Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Barnes made seven saves, including a pair in the overtime periods, to preserve the tie and join Kim Bonafede '05 as the Midshipmen's all-time shutout leader.
"We did a lot of things well today - we defended well, we moved the ball well, we just couldn't finish," said Navy head coach Carin Gabarra. "I thought we kept on picking up our play as the game progressed and with each minute I felt like we were getting stronger, even after we went a man-down. For the second straight game though, we just couldn't get our shots to fall."
Central Connecticut State outshot Navy for the match, 15-10, but neither team could crack the scoring column through the second half and the two 10-minute overtime periods. The Mids generated a number of scoring chances in the second half, but their six shots in the period all went for naught. Navy's efforts to get on the scoreboard were further compunded at the 79:46 mark, when the Mids went a man down in the wake of senior forward Kristen Laraway's second yellow card.
CCSU senior keeper Erin Herd recorded four saves to post her second consecutive shutout. It was the second 0-0 tie in as many games for the visiting Blue Devils, who also played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer against Delaware in Friday's opener.
The Midshipmen also closed out the weekend without a goal to their credit, despite amassing a total of 24 shots in a pair of closely contested affairs.
Navy returns to action next weekend with a pair of road matches in neighboring Virginia. The Midshipmen visit Liberty on Friday and face VMI on Sunday.