Nov. 10, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Despite a strong defensive effort, Navy women’s soccer fell short to Boston University, 1-0, on Sunday in the Patriot League Championship at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Mids wrap up the 2013 season with a 16-5 mark, which ties for the fifth-most victories in a single season (previously won 16 matches in 2001 and 2002).
“I wish the conditions of today could have been better (very windy), but the conditions were the same for both teams and Boston University was the one to find a way to win today,” said head coach Carin Gabarra. “BU was able to limit our attacking chances, which is hard to do when we are able to throw a multitude of offensive looks at teams. They deserve a lot of credit for today’s win, they are a quality team and will represent the Patriot League very well in the NCAA Tournament.”
Both teams played a very even 90 minutes. Boston University (14-3-4) held a slight edge in shots, 10-9, and corner kicks 8-6.
Navy’s defense held the Terriers’ offensive in check, not allowing a shot on net for the first 35 minutes. Then BU’s Ana Cuffia was able to find space in the defensive third in the 36th minute. Cuffia, alone with Navy’s goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.), sent a shot on net. Hoerner batted away the shot to keep the scoreless tie.
BU came back again with an offensive chance in the 42nd minute. The Terriers forwards cycled the ball at the top of the 18-yard box until Erica Kosienski found herself open just inside the box. Kosienski drilled her shot, hit the bottom part of the crossbar and bounced into the net for a 1-0 lead minutes before the half.
With a 1-0 lead, Boston U. looked to add to its total in the second half. The Terriers best chance came in the 54th minute with a breakaway into the box. BU’s Jenna Fisher dribbled into the box and sent a point-blank shot at net. Hoerner stood tall and tallied her second save of the game to keep the Mids within one.
Navy looked for the equalizer in the 64th minute. The Mids pushed the ball into BU’s defensive third and was able to bring up leftback Kahra Kelty
into the offensive opportunity. Kelty, from 20 yards out, sent a looping shot to the near post. Unfortunately with the winds at the faces of the Navy attackers, Kelty’s shot was batted down by the wind and BU’s Andrea Green made the easy save.
The Terriers held the Navy offense scoreless for the final 26 minutes to win their first Patriot League title. Navy’s Hoerner recorded four saves on five chances to fall to 15-5 on the season. BU’s Green, named the tournament’s MVP, recorded her second shutout of the postseason with two saves on the day.
Navy’s junior defender Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio), junior forward Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.) were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team.