Navy Rally Falls Short in 2-1 Double-Overtime Loss to Miami
Sept. 17, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Miami's Tara Schwitter scored on a penalty kick in the 102nd minute to hand the Navy women's soccer team a 2-1 double-overtime setback on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped Navy's four-match winning streak and dropped the Mids to 5-3-1 overall, while Miami, which is receiving votes in the Soccer Times national poll, improved to 7-1-0.
Navy put forth a game effort, controlling the game, especially in the second half, and having several opportunities to tally goals but was turned away. The Mids outshot and drew more corner kicks than the Hurricanes.
"The game really could have gone the other way, and we just didn't put away our chances," said Navy head coach Carin Gabarra. "Miami scored on two of its three shots on goal and we had chances to score goals and just couldn't. I was happy with our effort and focus today against a very good team."
Navy controlled the game early, accumulating five shots and three corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the game, but it was Miami that struck first on its first shot of the game. Ashley Flinn sent a left-footed shot from about 15 yards out on the left wing into the top right corner for a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.
However, Navy buckled down and had a chance to tie the game late in the first half, but a Brooke Merchant shot alone in the top of box was right at the Miami keeper and she easily gobbled up the ball to keep the Mids off the board.
Navy continued to pressure, and Sam Newhaller had a golden chance 10 minutes into the second half that just slipped wide, while Kate Herren had a chance on a corner kick with 20 minutes left that was stopped again by the Canes' keeper, Vikki Alonzo.
Navy got the break it needed with 8:40 left in the game, when Amanda Serfass drew a foul in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Fallon Puppolo easily deposited the ball into the net for her first goal of the season to tie the game at one in the 81st minute.
However, Miami then started pressuring and got a break when Navy was called for a handball in the box, resulting in a Hurricanes' penalty kick with 1:41 to play in the contest. Alexes Lopex-Shaw guessed right and turned aside a Fatima Nasser attempt to keep the game tied and send the contest into overtime.
Neither team had many chances in the first overtime, but Miami took advantage of a Navy foul in the box just two minutes into the second-overtime session. Tara Schwitter scored on a penaty shot to the right side of the goal to score the Golden Goal and give the Hurricanes the 2-1 decision.
Navy outshot the Hurricanes, 12-10, and drew nine corner kicks to Miami's eight. Miami had 21 fouls while Navy had 20, and Lopez-Shaw was credited with just one save, as penalty-shot saves are not considered official saves.
"We just have very good team cohesion this year, and this whole group has bought into the team concept," said Gabarra, who was missing three of her top players to injury. "We have wonderful depth and I think we should that today. This team wants to work hard, and we need to be sure to re-focus on Monday against a very good Monmouth team."
Navy will host Monmouth at 6:00 pm on Monday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
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