Women's Soccer Wins Patriot-League Regular-Season Title on Sunday
Oct. 27, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior forward Ashlynn Soellner scored two goals to pace Navy (15-3, 8-0 Patriot League) past Loyola (Md.) (2-11-3, 1-6-1 PL), 3-0, on Sunday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy continues to stifle Patriot League opponents, following its 13th shutout of the season. The Mids have not allowed a goal in eight-straight League matches.
“Today was senior day and we needed to put a lot of intensity and effort for the seniors to get the win,” said head coach Carin Gabarra. “I like the way we started the game with a lot of energy and were able to get two quick goals to put pressure on our opponent early. However, today’s game was not our best soccer because we became complacent early. We will work on not becoming complacent during games to be able to play our best soccer for 90 minutes.”
Navy’s offense found a multitude of success on offense, having converted on three set pieces. Soellner led the offensive charge with two goals and Lexi Ricketts added a goal of her own. Julie Schumacher assisted on both of Soellner’s goals and Rachel Hunter recorded an assist.
The Mids capitalized on the majority of opportunities that were given to them by the Greyhounds.
Loyola (Md.) was called for foul a minute into the match and gave Navy its first free-kick. Schumacher took the free-kick, just inside midfield, and looped the kick into the box. As the pass came into, Soellner, in perfect position, redirected the pass off her head towards the top corner of the net for an early 1-0 lead.
Moments later, Navy came back on offense to extend its lead to two. Again, Schumacher prepared for another Navy free-kick. Schumacher placed her pass in the box that was almost identical to her first free-kick pass to Soellner in the second minute of the match. The result was the same and Soellner tallied her second goal of the game.
“Julie (Schumacher) placed two well-put balls in the air and this came after practicing these set pieces earlier in the week,” said Soellner following her two-goal performance. “To be able to win on senior day and play as well as we did, as a group, was special for us. Now we look forward to Army.”
Navy’s defense was dominant once again, holding Loyola to just one shot and one corner kick through 45 minutes of play. The Greyhounds had one offensive opportunity in the 34th minute, but Elizabeth Hoerner blocked the shot to preserve the 2-0 lead.
The Mids continued its success on set-pieces in the 65th minute. From a corner kick, Hunter lofted a cross into the middle of the box and found Ricketts streaking through the middle of the Greyhound defense. Ricketts jumped over a defender and sent a hard header past the Loyola goalkeeper Didi Haracic for Navy’s third goal of the match.
Navy's defense kept Loyola's offense in check for the final 26 minutes, allowing just one shot on net that was saved by Wetherby.
Three Navy goalies were in use today for the fourth combined team shutout. Hoerner started the match and tallied 68 minutes with two saves. Then senior Kalli Schulz enter the match for the next 11 minutes and did not record a save. Dayton Wetherby wrapped up the match for the final 11 minutes with one save. Loyola’s Haracic recorded four saves on seven chances in the loss.
The Mids will finish the regular-season on the road against archrival Army in the annual Star match. Match is slated for Friday, Nov. 1 in West Point, N.Y. at 7 p.m.