Navy Sails Past Howard with 6-0 Win
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In the final non-conference game of the regular season for the Navy women’s soccer team, the Mids recorded an emphatic 6-0 win over Howard University at home on Monday night. Playing at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, the Mids (8-3) scored three goals in each half on their way to the victory versus the Bison (1-6). Six different Navy players netted goals, while four more tallied assists on Monday.
“I’m very pleased that every player contributed tonight because no matter, who we put out on the field, the level of play stayed the same,” remarked head coach Carin Gabarra. “We played with a lot of energy, connected a lot of passes, controlled the possession, had a very good shooting percentage and scored a lot of nice, well-developed goals.
“We are continuing to work on our set pieces and we found some success with those tonight. We do a lot of work on them in practice so it’s good to that pay off in in-game action.”
The Mids opened the scoring almost immediately as Anabell Motley (Jr., Asheville, N.C.) put Navy up 1-0 at the 3:48 mark of play in the first half as she was on the receiving end of a Baseley McClaskey (So., Grand Junction, Colo.) corner kick and Meghan Hegarty (Sr., Richmond, Va.) header flick on towards the goal. Motley caught Hegarty’s pass in the air and headed the ball past Howard’s goalkeeper for her first goal of the season.
Just over 10 minutes later at 13:58, Navy extended its lead to two goals on the strength of a Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan (Diamond Bar, Calif.) score. The senior midfielder headed a looping cross from Motley and McClaskey into the unguarded goal as the Bison goalkeeper had misjudged the arc of the initial cross into the box. Dzhandzhapanyan’s goal was her first of 2017 and ninth of her career.
Navy’s upperclass kept the proverbial pedal to the medal down the stretch of the first half as Clare MacAdam (Sr., Palmyra, N.J.) joined the fray with a well-placed lob shot over Howard’s goalie in a one-on-one breakaway situation in the 35th minute. MacAdam found herself in that position as Alex Jackson (So., Centennial, Colo.) blasted a long, lead pass over the top of Howard’s midfield and defense alignment and into free space.
Coming out of the halftime intermission with the score 3-0 in favor of the Mids, the visitors from Washington, D.C. looked to scratch out their first goal of the game and had a golden opportunity in the 61st minute, as Bayley Carmichael squared up a potential dangerous shot on goal. Luckily for the Mids, Mary August (Jr., Arnold, Md.) jumped into the action and blocked that shot from close range.
Within two minutes of that strong defensive effort, Navy’s offense got back into the swing of things as Regan McQuain (So., Lafayette, Calif.) netted her first collegiate goal at 62:24. After Emily Keast (Fr., Springfield, Va.) pushed a shot wide of the goal mouth, Motley tracked down the loose ball and quickly slotted the ball off to McQuain inside the box.
Goal number five came courtesy of Eleanor Pratt in the 68th minute as the junior sharpshooter converted a free kick opportunity from 20-plus yards out. Placing a high, arching shot over Howard’s wall and the Bison’s goalie, Pratt’s shot dipped late and curled into the upper 90 of the far corner. Through 11 games, Pratt has scored seven goals on 11 shots, 10 of which have been on net.
Navy closed out the scoring and game with a sixth goal in the 81st minute as Keast took a pass from Denisse Ramirez (Fr., Union City, Calif.) and did her best Pratt impression with a curling shot that found the upper 90 of far side of the net. Both the goal for Keast and assist for Ramirez were the first of their respective young careers.
In the 6-0 victory, Navy outshot Howard, 21-10 with a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams earned five corner kicks over the contest.
In goal, the trio of Sydney Fortson (So., Claremont, Calif.), MaryKate Helms (Jr., Maysville, N.C.) and Ashley Sweet (So., Roanoke, Va.) combined for the shutout. Fortson played the first 71:00 minutes and made two saves before Helms (11:32) and Sweet (7:28, one save) closed out the final 19 minutes. Monday marked the sixth shutout of the year for Navy and dropped the team’s goals against average to 1.18 goals per game.
In total, 25 Mids appeared in the non-conference bout with all but three players tallying 22 or more minutes of action and none with more than Fortson’s 71.
Navy will now return its attention back to Patriot League competition for the remainder of the regular season. Next up for the Mids is a Friday home date with Loyola. The Mids and Greyhounds are slated for a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.