Women's Soccer Falls to Colgate, 1-0, in League Championship
Nov. 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (19-2-1) fell to Colgate (11-5-4), 1-0, in the Patriot League women's soccer championship game Sunday afternoon at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Colgate's Jenna Raepple scored the game's only goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Caroline Brawner as the Raiders earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
"It was a quality match," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "It had an end-to-end attacking style and it went back and forth. Both teams put a lot of heart and effort into it. We just didn't put any chances away today and they did.
"Colgate is a quality team. They have been at the top of the league since its inception and they have some great players. I thought we did well to create a lot of chances against them today and get behind their backline. We played with a lot of composure and I thought we had the run of the play in the second half. But championship games usually come down to one goal and unfortunately it didn't go our way."
Colgate outshot Navy 16-15 and held a 7-6 edge in shots on goal, but the Mids had a number of strong scoring opportunities.
Just three minutes into the game sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) had a breakaway but her shot to the near post went just wide.
Junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) was sent through the backline by junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) in the 21st minute, but Colgate goalkeeper Ashley Walsh made one of her six saves.
Two minutes into the second half, Soellner had a good look on target but Walsh stopped it.
Freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.) fired an open shot just over the cross bar in the 62nd minute and Dankanich sent a ball just high in the 79th minute. Dankanich had a game-high six shots with three being on goal.
After giving up the goal with seven minutes to play in the second half, Navy continued to battle in hopes of evening the score. Sophomore defender Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio) connected on a header off a corner kick in the 89th minute, but her shot was saved.
Colgate was whistled for a yellow card in the 90th minute and Navy had a free kick from 30 yards out but was unable get a good look on goal.
Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) made six saves in the game, including two point-blank saves on Alyssa Manoogian in the 61st and 76th minute. Hoerner also had a great save just before the first half ended that was negated by a Colgate offsides call.
Seabrook was once again solid on the backline and made several plays throughout the game to disrupt Colgate's attack.
Perez, Seabrook and Hoerner were selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Perez tied a league record by scoring a hat trick in Navy's semifinal win over Lehigh on Friday evening. Perez was also named to the 2011 Patriot League All-Tournament Team.
Colgate's Walsh was named the tournament's most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Jenna Gibney, Brawner and Raepple. Lehigh's Murphee Greeley and Darby Dustman, as well as American's Kristen Erikensen and Michaela Cowgill rounded out the all-tournament team.
Navy's 19 wins this season were the second-most in program history and are currently the most in the NCAA. The Mids also strung together an impressive 20-game unbeaten streak (19-0-1) between its season-opening loss to No. 13 Maryland and the league title game.