Resilient Mids Win Patriot League Opener in Overtime
Oct. 1, 2011
WASHINGTON D.C. - Sophomore forward Ashlynn Soellner scored the game-winning goal in the 110th minute as the Navy women's soccer team (8-3-2, 1-0-0 PL) outlasted host American (4-8-1, 0-1-1 PL), 3-2, in both teams Patriot League opener at a rainy Reeves Field on Saturday afternoon.
Soellner, who missed the past four games with an injury, returned to the lineup at a perfect time for the Midshipmen to help the team to its fourth "Golden Goal" victory of the season. Senior Kate Herren served a free kick to the box where Soellner knocked in the game-winner with just 40 seconds remaining in the double overtime period.
"It was certainly a dramatic game," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "The team's heart was there, our fitness was good and our depth was great. The win is a tribute to how hard we work and how fit we are. However, we did have a couple of defensive lapses, which put us in a hole in the game."
After American broke a 1-1 tie in the 87th minute, Navy responded right back with freshman Morgan Dankanich netting the tying goal in the 89th minute. Herren sent a cross into the box that was one-touched by freshman Sam Lee to Dankanich, who fired a rocket to the upper corner of the net.
American struck first in the game when Michelle Montilio scored in the 17th minute on a sliding shot off of a free kick. Navy outshot American 10-5 in the first half and had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks, but when into halftime trailing, 1-0.
Junior midfielder Fallon Puppolo scored her second goal of the season in the 54th minute, on yet another assist from Herren. Herren, Navy's team captain, struck a free kick that bounced off the cross bar and fell to Puppolo who knocked in the rebound.
Navy outshot American, 24-5, in the game and held a 13-4 edge in corner kicks. The 24 shots and the 13 corner kicks are both season highs for Navy.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw made two saves to pick up her eighth win of the year.
Navy is now 8-7-3 all-time against American and 9-7-2 in Patriot League season openers.
The Mids will continue Patriot League play with road games at Lafayette (Oct. 7) and Lehigh (Oct. 9) next weekend.
Notes: Herren's three assists in the game ties the Navy school record ... the feat has now been accomplished 10 times ... the most recent player to register three assists in one game was Christine Calderon, who did it against Mount St. Mary's on Sept. 19, 2008 ... this was Navy's seventh overtime game of the season, one shy of the 2008 team's program record of eight ... Navy has now won four games on "Golden Goals," tying the 2008 team's record ... Soellner has two "Golden Goals" this season and three in her career ... the Mids are 7-1-1 over their last nine games ... Navy is ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll.