Navy Women's Soccer Rallies to Defeat Army, 3-2
Oct. 21, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy (10-5-3, 2-2-1 PL) scored three second-half goals, including the game-winning goal in the 88th minute, to erase a 2-0 deficit to Army (9-3-4, 2-1-2 PL) to claim a 3-2 win and the N-Star on Friday evening at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
"It says a lot about our players' character to be down 2-0 and just lay it all on the line and go after it," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "The crowd was great and it was a really hard-fought, competitive game and it was fun to be a part of. We generated some quality attacks and I was proud of our team for finishing those chances. And it is always an emotional game when we play Army."
With just 2:45 remaining in regulation in a 2-2 game, freshman Morgan Dankanich took a feed down the left side from classmate Rachel Hunter and ripped a shot from 18 yards out to cap the improbable comeback for the Mids.
The Mids tied the game at 2-2 in the 74th minute on Brittany Fruin's strike. It appeared that Army had cleared the ball away but Fruin stepped in from 30 yards out on the right side and let off a long shot that faded just inside the far post to even the game.
Although Navy went to the locker room down 2-0, it didn't take long to get on the board in the second half, as Hunter scored from eight yards out after Army failed to clear a ball. It was Hunter's team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Army got its first goal early in the contest, with Joey Molacek striking just 3:29 in. The Black Knights then built the lead to 2-0 when Kim An scored off an assist from Errin Helbing.
Navy outshot Army, 22-8, in the contest and held an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. Dankanich took a team-high four shots in the game and scored her second goal of the week. Dankanich had a shot hit the post in the first half and sophomore forward Paloma Perez saw her shot from 25 yards out clang off the cross bar in the 30th minute.
The contest was played in front of 1,433 fans, the third largest for the Navy women at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
"I don't know if we would have been able to come back from a two-goal deficit without the support of the crowd," Gabarra said.
Notes: Navy leads the all-time series with Army, 11-9-2 and is 9-7-2 in Star Games ... the five combined goals is tied for the most ever in the Army-Navy series (1996) and the two-goal comeback is also the largest margin overcome to win in the series ... Hunter has scored seven points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the past two games and leads the team on the season with 10 points ... Navy has now won 10 games in 16 of the last 17 seasons ... Navy is currently tied for fourth place in the Patriot League with seven points with two league games remaining.