Oct. 18, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass - Navy found its offensive success from two different sources and defeated Holy Cross, 2-0, on Friday, Oct. 18 at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Mids defender Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio) and K.D. Woolard (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) scored their first goals of the season to remain unbeaten (6-0-0) in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross fell to 2-4-0 in League play.
"This was our most complete game of the season to date" said head coach Carin Gabarra. "If we had to pinpoint one thing to work on moving forward, it was the fact that we had a multitude of offensive chances and our finishing was off. However, the end goal is to get better everyday and we did take a step forward to that goal."
Navy (13-3-0, 6-0-0 PL) saw its ability to generate offensive opportunities on the road like it has never seen before this season. The Mids outshot Holy Cross (2-9-4, 2-4-0 PL), 28-7, and held an advantage on corner kicks, 10-5. Navy had 15 different players with a shot.
The Mids tallied seven shots through the first 22 minutes of play. Then in the 29th minute, Navy found its first goal of the contest off a corner kick. Rachel Hunter, taking the corner kick, lofted the ball to defender Seabrook. Seabrook placed a well-hit header passed Holy Cross goalkeeper Carly McCabe for her first goal of the season.
"Rachel (Hunter) placed the ball extremely well and I found myself unusually open to score the first goal of the game," said Seabrook with a smile. "As a centerback, you have to work a little harder to grab a goal because you don't get as many opportunities."
Navy's backline continued to play well, holding the Crusaders to just two shots and two corner kicks through the first 45 minutes of play.
The Mids wasted very little time in the second half, continuing to add up the offensive opportunities. Hunter led the charge in the 55th minute. A volley that was sent into the box found the head of Hunter. Hunter directed the shot towards the net, but she found herself unlucky for the second time. Hunter's shot bounced off the post and grazed the goal line but did not cross it.
Teammate Woolard picked up Hunter with her first goal of the season in the 74th minute. Lily Kraemer drove the ball towards Holy Cross' defensive third, with a defender heavily blanketing her, and sent a pass into the box. Woolard picked up the ball, spun away from a defender, took one step and beat McCabe for Navy's second and final goal of the contest.
Navy goalkeeper Elizabether Hoerner recorded her eighth shutout of the season, tallying four saves. McCabe recorded 12 saves on 14 chances in the loss.
The Mids host Lehigh on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Match is slated for 7 p.m. and will be streamed live and for free on the Patriot League Digital Network with Joe Miller on the call.