Sep 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After winning in double overtime on Friday against Duquesne, Navy finished the weekend with its second-straight overtime win against St. Bonaventure, 3-2, on Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Navy Invitational. The Midshipmen, going 2-0 this weekend, landed four players on the All-Tournament Team that included Kaylie Davidson (MVP), Rachel Hunter, Jade Seabrook and Morgan Dankanich.
“I liked our heart mentality at the finish, but we are not playing good soccer to begin the game,” said Coach Gabarra. “It was great to get the win and I liked the perseverance we showed throughout the weekend, but we need to improve on playing a full 90 minutes.”
St. Bonaventure (1-3-1) looked as though the game was theirs early in the match. In the 11th minute of the contest, Alex Meador dribbled into the box and found teammate Alyssa Lapp six yards from the net. Lapp redirected Meador’s pass from the left side of the box to the far post for the early 1-0 lead.
Navy (3-2-0) looked to respond minutes later off a corner kick. Dankanich sent her corner kick towards the middle of the box where Ashlynn Soellner was standing. Soellner used her head, but the shot went over the crossbar.
St. Bonaventure was able to hold Navy to one shot on net through the first 45 minutes of play. The Mids held advantages in shots, 5-1, and corner kicks, 3-2, but failed to find the back of the net.
Falling behind 1-0, Navy looked to answer back in the second half. Minutes into the half, Davidson and Soellner had two good back-to-back looks, but St. Bonaventure goalie Megan Junker held her own on both attempts.
The Bonnies added to their lead in the 62nd minute. Forward Caitlin MacConnell planted herself at the top left corner of the 18-yd box and sent a curling shot to the far post. Navy goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby
extended herself for the save, but missed the shot by inches as St. Bonaventure extended its lead to two, 2-0.
Then in the 82nd minute, Navy was awarded a corner kick and Dankanich was given the nod to take it. Dankanich set the ball down in the corner and prepared for the kick. Moments later, the junior forward curled her kick to the far post to cut the deficit to one, 2-1.
Navy was not done. Five minutes later of Dankanich’s goal, the Mids cashed in on another offensive opportunity. Defender Emily Wilkin began the play from the backline by sending an uninterrupted pass to midfielder Courtney Hook. Hook obtained the pass and found Perez opened on the near side. Once Perez received Hook’s pass, Perez took two dribbles and launched a shot about 20 yards from the net.The Navy forward’s shot went over the reaching hand of Junker and tied the contest, 2-2, under three minutes to play.
Neither team scored in the final minutes of regulation.
In overtime, the Midshipmen wasted very little time. In the 92nd minute, Davidson sent her shot towards the net, but hit the crossbar. On the rebound of Davidson’s shot, Dankanich recovered the loose ball and crossed it back to Davidson, who finished the play for the game-winner.
“Heading into overtime we looked ourselves and knew we had the energy to find the way to win,” said sophomore midfielder Kaylie Davidson. “We came in to OT with the desire to score and found a way to win.”
Navy continues its five-match homestand next weekend, hosting High Point on Friday, Sept. 13 and Iona on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.