Sept. 21, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. -
Playing in its third game in five days, Navy (6-3-2) battled to a 0-0 tie with UMBC (0-8-1) at a rainy Retriever Soccer Park on Wednesday evening. The double overtime game was Navy's fourth straight overtime game and sixth of the season and this was Navy's fourth shutout of the season.
Navy was forced to play the game's final 52 minutes with just 10 players after goalkeeper Hannah Legler received a red card after making a hard slidetackle to break up a lone UMBC player running towards net on a breakaway, just outside the penalty box, most likely preventing a goal.
"For being a man down and playing our third game in five days, our effort was good tonight," said head coach Carin Gabarra. "We need to find ways to finish though. We possessed well and we attacked well but we have to find a way to put chances away. We need to get that final pass in and get a shot off properly."
Navy's defense remained stout after the red card, holding UMBC to just three shots in the second half and three in the overtime periods. Navy used just three defenders after going to 10 players and senior captain Kate Herren controlled the middle of the defense, breaking up a number of UMBC scoring opportunities to salvage the 0-0 draw. Herren was effective at sweeping away oncoming threats will also showing an ability to recover and track players down after getting through the defense.
"Kate was outstanding tonight," said Gabarra. "Her leadership has been phenomenal and she hasn't had a let down all year. She is composed and has been communicating well in organizing our backline."
Sophomore goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner made her first career start in the game, playing a solid opening half with three saves. Legler was inserted into the game to begin the second half and played the first 13 minutes of the period before being issued the red card. That caused Hoerner to go back into the game, where she logged 62 more minutes and have five saves in the game overall.
Navy had a couple of good looks early in the game in the 28th minute. Sophomore KD Woolard
sent a corner kick into the box that was headed by Sam Lee
, after a UMBC player kept it in play, freshman Rachel Hunter
had a nice shot that sailed high over the net.
Hoerner had a number of solid plays throughout the game to help combine with Legler on the shutout. One of which was in the 41st minute when she came off her line to during a UMBC chance to dive at the ball at the 18-yard line as the Retriever was bearing down on her.
One of Navy's best scoring opportunities was in the 72nd minute when Lee ripped a shot from 10 yards out off the right post.
Just before regulation ended in the 88th minute, junior Brittany Fruin put a corner kick in the box into a lot of traffic, but Navy couldn't punch the ball through the crowd.
The best chance in the first overtime period went to UMBC. In the 95th minute, the Retrievers had what looked like a clean breakaway, but Herren hustled back into the mix to break up the play.
In the 101st minute, just as the second overtime period began, Hoerner made a diving save to her left and deflected the ball out of bounds.
In the 107th minute, Lee got another shot off from about 15 yards, but it sailed wide.
Navy outshot UMBC in the game, 19-11 and held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks. UMBC had seven offsides in the game, compared to zero for Navy.
Navy still holds the all-time series lead against UMBC at 6-2-1.
The Mids will return to action on Sunday at 2 pm when they host Francis Marion at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.