Women's Soccer Blanks South Carolina State, 5-0
Freshman Rachel Hunter scored two goals
Oct. 17, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy's offense was hitting on all cylinders on Monday afternoon as the Mids (9-5-3) shut out South Carolina State (4-7-3), 5-0, at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in their final non-conference game of the season. With the win, Navy improves to 6-1-1 at home this season.
Freshman Rachel Hunter scored twice and sophomore Hannah Morse added a goal and two assists as Navy matched its highest scoring output of the season. Ten of Navy's 21 shots were on goal in the contest.
"A good percentage of our shots were on target and they were all quality goals," head coach Carin Gabarra said of her team's offensive display. "I am very happy with the five goals, but we can still possess better and move the ball better with better runs. We did create some good chances tonight and we finished well and hopefully a lot of that will translate to an even better attack on Friday night against Army."
Freshman Morgan Dankanich got Navy on the board early, scoring just 2:34 into the contest from 10 yards out. Sophomore Paloma Perez and Sam Lee were credited with the assists in setting up Dankanich's second goal of the season.
Morse used a great individual effort in making multiple moves in the box to ward off two defenders before firing on net from 12 yards out in the 26th minute for Navy's second goal of the game.
Just five minutes later Hunter scored her first goal, ripping a shot from 18 yards out to beat the Bulldog goalkeeper.
Navy outshot South Carolina State, 9-1, in the first half to carry the 3-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. Navy held a 21-5 edge in shots overall.
Morse set up Navy's fourth goal in the 74th minute. She took a shot on goal that was initially saved by the South Carolina State keeper, but junior Fallon Puppolo was right there to knock in the rebound for her third tally of the season.
Morse also set up Navy's final goal with a nice cross to Hunter, who unleashed another rocket from 15 yards out for her second of the game. It was Hunter's first multi-goal game and the four-point effort for Morse is her new career high.
"We had been struggling to pass the ball and take good shots lately, but today we really pushed forward and just took the shots that we had," Morse said.
Navy also posted its seventh shutout of the season with four keepers combining for the clean sheet. Regular starter Alexes Lopez-Shaw played the first 39 minutes to earn the win and freshman Emily LaManna (6 minutes), junior Hannah Legler (22 minutes) and sophomore Elizabeth Hoerner (23 minutes) provided the flawless support off the bench. Lopez-Shaw and Hoerner each recorded one save.
Navy will get back into Patriot League play on Friday evening when the team hosts Army in the annual Star game at 7:00 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy currently sits in fifth place in the Patriot League with five points (1-2-1) and Army is tied for second with eight points (2-0-2).