Oct. 12, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. - In a battle of Patriot League first-place teams, Navy (15-1-1, 3-0-1 PL) and Colgate (8-4-3, 3-0-1 PL) battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Friday night at Van Doren Field. The Mids and the Raiders remain deadlocked for first place in the conference with 10 points apiece.
"Colgate is a good team and at the end of the day a tie is a fair result," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "Each team won a half and it was an even and intense match. I thought Elizabeth Hoerner played solid in goal and she kept us in the game."
Colgate's Jenna Panepinto was credited with Colgate's goal in the 55th minute after a ball from Kelsey Hough was redirected to the far side of the goal out of Hoerner's reach.
Navy senior Brittany Fruin (McLean, Va.) netted her first goal of the season in the 71st minute to even the game at 1-1. Fruin sent a free kick into the box that squirted through the Colgate defense and into the goal.
The Mids had a number of chances to score a second goal in the second half. In the 51st minute junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) sent a header just wide of the net and in the 57th minute Soellner beat a Colgate defender and had a good look on goal but her shot sailed wide.
Junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) broke through in the 67th minute but a Colgate defender poked the ball away just as she was about to take a shot on goal.
Sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) had a breakaway in the 75th minute and ripped a shot on goal that Colgate's keeper initially saved but trickled toward the goal line, but a defender was able to clear it away before it crossed.
Navy had a strong scoring chance in the first overtime period but a shot by Perez in the 105th minute went just wide.
Hoerner was able to preserve the draw in the second overtime by tipping a ball over the cross bar in the 105th minute. Hoerner made five saves in the game.
Colgate outshot Navy, 24-16, but Navy held a 9-6 edge in shots on goal. Soellner and Perez each took four shots for Navy.
Navy and Colgate also battled to a 1-1 draw during the 2011 season.
With the tie, Navy extends its unbeaten streak to 16 games (15-0-1).
Navy will next play at arch rival Army on Friday, October 19 in the annual Star Game.