Mids Fall to Army, 2-0, in Patriot League Title Game
Nov. 6, 2011
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Navy women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Army in the Patriot League championship game Sunday afternoon at Van Doren Field. Navy closes its season at 13-6-3 and Army will head to the NCAA Tournament with a 12-3-5 record.
Army scored a goal in each half and Monica Lee made seven saves for her 15th shutout of the season to help Army win its third Patriot League title.
"I'm proud of our team," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "But when you get to the final, you expect to win. We could have played better and we could have defended better. We created some good chances today and we got in their box a lot and got numbers forward but we didn't convert."
Army tallied its first goal in the 27th minute when Ruthie Rosenberger served the ball into the box towards a cutting Army attacker. Navy goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw moved up off her line to break up the attempt, but the ball deflected off defender Emily Wilkin, who moved in front of the Army attacker, and the ball dribbled into the net. Rosenberger was credited with the goal and Joey Molacek got the assist.
The Black Knights' second goal came in the 60th minute when Kim An struck for her team-best 10th goal. Army got some pressure in the offensive end and the ball fell to An who struck the ball from 14 yards out to put her team up, 2-0.
Navy led in shots, 15-7, and also held the advantage in shots on goal, 7-4. The Mids also led in corner kicks, 6-5.
One of Navy's better attempts to score in the first half came with three minutes remaining when junior Brittany Fruin had an attempt that Lee needed to dive to her left to stop.
In the 78th minute, freshman Morgan Dankanich connected on a header that went off the cross bar.
With 10 minutes to go in the game, senior Kate Herren ripped a free kick on goal that Lee had to leap to save and flick over the goal. On the ensuing corner kick, Dankanich got another shot on target, but Lee was there to make the save.
Dankanich took a game-high six shots and with her four-point performance (1 goal, 2 assists) in Navy's 3-2 semifinal win over Lafayette on Friday, she earned a spot on the Patriot League All-Tournament team. She was joined on the squad by sophomores Paloma Perez and Ashlynn Soellner, who each scored one goal against Lafayette on Friday.
Navy will graduate just two seniors (Herren and Amanda Serfass) and will return nine starters for the 2012 season.
Notes: Navy still leads the all-time series against Army, 11-10-2, which includes a 3-2 win in the Star Game earlier this season ... Navy is now 3-6 in Patriot League championship games ... Army and Navy also met in the 2008 league championship, with Army securing a 1-0 win, in overtime ... the loss snapped Navy's five-game winning streak, its longest of the season.