Kelty's Game Winner in the 104th Lifts Navy to Victory
Sept. 19, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Freshman forward Caprice Kelty (Odenton, Md.) scored twice, including a "Golden Goal" in the 104th minute, to give Navy (6-3-1) a 2-1 double overtime win over Monmouth (3-4-0) on Monday evening at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
After Kelty gave Navy a 1-0 lead midway through the second half, Monmouth rallied to score a goal with just 37 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Navy was able to keep focus and controlled play in extra time to score the game-winner just over three minutes into double overtime.
"We've still got to find a way to play 90 good minutes," said head coach Carin Gabarra. "But we had a good mentality tonight. We talked to the team before overtime and told them they could not get down and that they would have to come out fighting. And its hard to come back from giving up a goal like that."
Playing its fifth overtime game of the season, Navy was outshooting Monmouth, 4-1, and taking its second corner kick of overtime in the 104th minute when the Mids struck for the game-winner.
Senior Kate Herren (Auburn, Wash.) sent a corner kick all the way through the Monmouth defense. As the ball was trailing upfield, sophomore Britta Vivaldi (Owings, Md.) won a 50-50 ball and passed it to junior Brittany Fruin (McLean, Va.) who did well to stay onside as she was moving back towards the endline. Fruin then crossed the ball into the box to Kelty who knocked it into the net on 1:03.06 for Navy's third "Golden Goal" win of the season.
Kelty, a graduate of nearby Arundel High School, put Navy up 1-0 with her tally in the 69th minute. A turnover by Monmouth in their defensive end let the opportunistic Kelty move in around the keeper and head towards net. A Monmouth defender recovered to get in front of the net, but Kelty deftly shot to the far post to put the Mids on the board at 68:06.
"Caprice's speed helped us a lot and she batted," Gabarra said. "She is just a great finisher and we have known that from day one. In any finishing exercise that we do in training, she always does very well."
It appeared that Navy would pull off a 1-0 win in regulation as the game clock was ticking under a minute, but a Navv foul set up a free kick for Monmouth about 45 yards from Navy's goal. Monmouth goalkeeper Jocelyn McCoy took the free kick and served a nice ball towards net that Kim Clemmer headed into the goal at 89:23 to force overtime.
Before Monmouth tied the game, the Mids had been amping up the pressure over the final 25 minutes of regulation. Freshman Rachel Hunter (Raleigh, N.C.) ripped a half volley on net the McCoy saved in the 73rd minute and sophomore Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) ripped a shot on net that was stopped. Hunter put a good shot on goal in the first overtime period that McCoy also saved.
Monmouth controlled the first half of play, outshooting the Mids, 9-4, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Navy took over the game the rest of the way, outshooting Monmouth, 14-5, the rest of the way to hold a 18-14 edge in the game. Navy led in corner kicks, 6-4, and shots on goal were even at 8-8.
Sophomore Alexes Lopez-Shaw (Bothell, Wash.) made seven saves to earn her sixth win of the year. Her counterpart, McCoy, made six saves to go along with her assist on Clemmer's goal.
Navy will have a short rest before traveling to UMBC for a midweek game on Wednesday at 7 pm.
Notes: This was Navy's first win in the all-time series with Monmouth (1-3-0) ... Navy now has three "Golden Goals" on the season, one shy of the program record set in 2008 ... Ashlynn Soellner (Holidaysburg, Pa.) scored in the 105th minute for Navy to beat The Citadel and Hunter scored in the 95th minute as the Mids defeated Davidson ... Kelty has three goals on the season ... Navy is ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll for the fourth straight week.