Nov. 1, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - In back and forth match, Army outlasted Navy women’s soccer, 2-0, on Friday in the Star match at West Point. Despite the loss, the Mids will be the No. 1 seed and will host the Patriot League Tournament semifinals (Nov. 8) and championship game(Nov. 10).
We need to use the loss to motivate us,” said head coach Carin Gabarra. “We will refocus on the basics and fight to be playing our best soccer of the season by Friday.”
Army (8-7-3, 4-3-2 Patriot League) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. The Black Knight’s Kimberly An found Katie Holder nine yards from the net in the middle of the box. Holder gained possession of the ball and beat Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner to the far post.
Army’s goal in the 17th minute was the first goal that Navy had given up in 736:59 minutes of Patriot League play. Then in the 43rd minute, the Black Knight’s Candace Stewart extended Army’s lead to two, 2-0, with her third goal of the season.
Navy’s (15-4-0, 8-1-0 Patriot League) offensive opportunity in the first half came from Lexi Ricketts. Ricketts collected a loose ball in front of the 18-yard box and sent a low line towards the net. Army goalkeeper Jordan Cassalia denied the shot on net.
With a two-goal deficit heading into the second half, the Mids looked to pick up steam for the final 45 minutes.
Navy’s first offensive opportunity of the second half came off a corner kick in the 58th minute. Dankanich sent the corner kick to teammate Ashlynn Soellner. Soellner directed a well-placed header to the far post. Unfortunately, an Army defender made the save to keep Navy scoreless.
A minute later Navy was used a counterattack , following an Army possession. Kaylie Davidson
began the run and led Dankanich, who was streaking down the line. Dankanich secured the pass, took three steps and sent a hard shot just wide of the net.
Dankanich continued to pester the Army backline, tallying three more shots through the next 20 minutes. The junior forward’s best look came with six minutes remaining. Following a pass from Rachel Hunter, Dankanich faded to the middle of the box and directed her shot towards the net. However, a Black Knight defender tipped the shot to slow it down to allow Cassalia to make the save.
The Black Knights were able to hold onto the lead for the final minutes of the match. Army held a slight edge in shots, 12-10, and in corners, 3-1.
Navy’s Hoerner recorded four saves on six chances in the loss. Army’s Cassalia made all four saves in 90 minutes.
At this point, Navy will be the No. 1 seed and Boston University will be the No. 2 and both will get byes in the Patriot League Tournament. Both teams will wait to see who comes out from Colgate, American, Bucknell and Army in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 5.