Women's Soccer Blanks Rider for Sixth Straight Victory
Junior Paloma Perez
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Led by a two-goal effort from junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.), the Navy women's soccer team defeated Rider, 3-0, on Friday evening at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility to open the Navy Invitational.
The win was Navy's (6-1) sixth in a row, its longest streak since 2008, and the team dealt Rider (4-1) its first loss of the season.
"It's good to be playing at home again and we played some good soccer tonight," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We certainly got better in the second half and our defending got tighter. We've also been doing a very good job finishing goals lately and our attack has been strong. I'm happy where we are right now but I think we can still get better."
Navy's offense continued to impress as the team matched it season average of three goals scored per game.
For Perez, it was her second multi-goal effort of the season and she takes over the team lead in scoring with 13 points (4 goals, 5 assists).
Perez tallied her first goal of the game in the 21st minute. Sophomore defender Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio) picked off a Rider pass and moved the ball to Perez on the right side. Perez then took a chip shot from 18 yards out that went in on the far side of the net.
Perez tallied her second of the day in the 88th minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0. Sophomore forward Lily Kraemer (Pitman, N.J.) sent Perez on a nice run down the right side. Perez approached the penalty box and fired a bending rocket that found the near post.
Navy's other goal was scored by sophomore Rachel Hunter (Raleigh, N.C.) in the 24th minute, just 3:17 after Perez's first goal. Hunter moved in on a failed Rider clear and one-touched a shot from 20 yards out into the right side of the net.
Hunter, the MVP of the 2011 Navy Invitational, scored her first goal of the year.
The Mids threatened throughout the game as the team registered 25 shots with 14 being on goal. Navy recorded 12 shots in the first half and 13 in the second and dominated the category against Rider, 25-10. The Mids also led in corner kicks, 7-2.
Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) earned the win by playing the game's first 45 minutes and making three saves. Hoerner's best save of the day came in the 16th minute when she made a leaping effort at a high shot and just punched it over the crossbar and out of play.
Junior Alexes Lopez-Shaw (Bothell, Wash.) kept the clean sheet intact by playing the final 45 minutes and making two saves.
Navy also received a solid effort from its defensive backline to help the goalkeeping unit post its second combined shutout of the year.
The win was the 249th in Gabarra's career and she is one win shy of becoming the 26th women's soccer coach in NCAA history to reach the 250-win milestone.
George Washington defeated Towson, 2-1, in the other Navy Invitational contest on Friday.
Sunday's Navy Invitational action will resume with Rider and George Washington meeting at 12 noon and Navy playing Towson (0-5-1) at 3:00 PM.