Women's Soccer Wins Third Straight Against High Point, 4-1
Sept. 13, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A balanced attack offense helped Navy defeat High Point, 4-1, on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Mids saw seven different players contribute with an assist in the contest.
Junior forward Morgan Dankanich continues her hot streak on offense, as she tallied three points on one goal and one assist. Dankanich has compiled eight points on three goals and two assist in the last three contests. Freshman midfielder Emily Tucker recorded her first collegiate point, an assist, on the Cat Macklin's eventual game-winning goal in 41st minute.
"I thought this was one of our better attacking games this season," said head coach Carin Gabarra. "We connected well, we kept the ball, we won one-verus-one matches, we got serves off and we had our backline up in attacking mode. Overall, It was just a solid all-around effort tonight."
High Point (0-5-0) looked to set the tempo early on in the contest with the first goal of the game in 25th minute. Panther's midfielder Becca Hemby found open teammate Kelsey Perrell in Navy's defensive third. Perrell dribbled into the box and chipped her shot over diving goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner for the first goal of the game.
However, Navy (5-2-0) responded five minutes later to tie the game, 1-1, in the 30th minute. Courtney Hook, from the top of the box, passed to teammate Julie Schumacher. Schumacher took one touch and found Kahra Kelty open on the far side. Kelty charged into the pass and rifled a line drive shot to the upper half of the net for the equalizer.
Then in the 41st minute, the Midshipmen capitalized on a goal kick. High Point goalkeeper Jesse May volleyed her kick into midfield. Emily Tucker aggressively positioned herself to send the goal kick back in to the Panther's defensive third. Tucker's kick was received by Lily Kraemer, who chipped the ball forward for streaking Cat Macklin to possess while in motion. Macklin beat the High Point defender and goalkeeper to the far post for the 2-1 lead.
With a 2-1 lead heading into the second half, the Midshipmen wasted little time to extend their lead. In the 53rd minute Dankanich set up for the team's sixth corner kick of the game. Dankanich sent a perfect volley into the middle of the box for Kaylie Davidson to tap in with her head to push the Navy lead to two, 3-1.
Then in the 89th minute, Schumacher sent a free kick into the box to watch teammates Lizzy Rullan, Caprice and Dankanich, in that order, create a fluent tic-tac-toe play for Navy's fourth and final goal.
Navy's Hoerner recorded four saves on five chances for her fourth win of the season. High Point's Jesse May tallied four saves on eight chances in the loss.
The Midshipmen continue their five-match homestand on Sunday, when they host Iona at 1 p.m.