May 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy head coach Carin Gabarra and the defending Patriot League Regular Season Champions have announced the women's soccer team's 19-game competition schedule for the upcoming 2013 season. Navy will play 12 home contests at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, including eight of its 10 non-conference games.
The Patriot League has expanded to 10 teams for the 2013-14 academic year and the Mids will host both conference newcomers, Boston University and Loyola, during their inaugural Patriot League season. Navy will play a program-record nine conference games in 2013.
The Patriot League postseason tournament has expanded from four teams to six, with the top two seeds receiving byes into the semifinals. The conference regular season champion will host the semifinals and final.
Navy was 19-2-1 in 2012 and posted a 6-0-1 mark in Patriot League play. Navy hosted the four-team postseason tournament in Annapolis. The Mids defeated Lehigh in the semifinals, 4-1, before falling to Colgate in the Patriot League Championship, 1-0.
Navy will play an exhibition match at 2012 NCAA runner-up Penn State on August 16. The Nittany Lions were 21-4-2 (10-0-1, Big Ten) last year and fell to North Carolina in the NCAA Championship. Navy won the last meeting in the series in 2006, 1-0.
Navy will officially open the 2013 season at home on Friday, August 23 against North Carolina State (5-14-0, 0-10-0 ACC). This will be the third meeting between the two schools. Two days later, Navy will host The Citadel (5-12-1, 3-7-1 Southern) on Sunday, August 25.
Navy will host a third-straight game on Friday, August 30 against North Florida (8-10-2, 5-3-1 Atlantic Sun) before playing its first road game at Maryland (14-7-2, 6-3-1 ACC) on Sunday, September 1 over Labor Day Weekend. Navy is playing Maryland for the third-straight year and the eighth time overall. The Terps advanced to the NCAA Second Round in 2012.
The Mids will host the annual Navy Invitational from September 6-8. Navy will host Duquesne (6-11-2, 2-6-1 Atlantic 10) on Friday at 7:00 PM and first-time opponent St. Bonaventure (8-11-1, 5-4-0 Atlantic 10) on Sunday at 12 noon. Towson will play St. Bonaventure on Friday at 3:00 PM and Towson will play Duquesne on Sunday at 3:00 PM. The Mids are 21-4-3 all-time in the Navy Invitational.
Navy will have another Friday-Sunday homestand the following weekend against a pair of first-time opponents. The Mids will host High Point (10-6-6, 8-1-2 Big South) on Friday, September 13 and Iona (7-9-3, 5-3-1) on Sunday, September 15. High Point won the Big South regular season title in 2012.
The Mids will open the Patriot League portion of their schedule against conference newcomer Boston University at home on Friday, September 20. Boston University was 12-6-1 overall in 2012 and won its sixth-straight America East Regular Season title with an 8-0-0 record, but was banned from the conference's postseason tournament. This will be the first meeting between Navy and Boston University.
Navy will play a non-league game at the 2012 Northeast Conference Regular Season Champion St. Francis (Pa.) (14-5-2, 10-0-0) on September 22 before returning to Patriot League play at Lafayette (4-12-2, 1-6-0) on Saturday, September 28.
The Mids will open the month of October at conference foe American (6-10-3, 4-2-1) on Wednesday, October 2 in Washington, D.C. Navy will then host Colgate (11-6-4, 4-1-2), the 2012 Patriot League Tournament Champions, on Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 PM. The Navy-Colgate women's soccer game will be played the evening following the Navy-Air Force football game at 11:30 AM.
Navy will play at Bucknell (10-9-0, 3-4-0) on Friday, October 11 before hosting Penn (9-6-1, 5-2-0 Ivy) in its final non-conference regular season game on Monday, October 14.
The Mids will travel to Worcester, Mass. to play Holy Cross (6-11-1, 2-5-0) on Friday, October 18. Navy will host Lehigh (5-13-0, 3-4-0) on Wednesday, October 23 in a rematch of one of the 2012 Patriot League Semifinal contests.
Navy will host Loyola in the seventh overall meeting in the series, but the first as conference opponents, on Sunday, October 27. Loyola was 12-6-4 overall and 6-2-1 in the MAAC last season. The Greyhounds won the MAAC Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Navy will close the regular season in West Point, N.Y. for the annual Star Game against Army on Friday, November 1. In a scheduling quirk due to the conference's expansion, Navy is playing back-to-back regular season games at Army for the first time in the storied rivalry. Navy earned a 1-0 victory at Army to retain the N-Star last season. Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 12-10-2, and is 10-8-2 in Star Games.
Navy returns nine starters and 17 letterwinners from the 2012 squad. All-American Jade Seabrook and Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Elizabeth Hoerner both return to lead Navy's defense. On the offensive end, Navy returns all three of its starting forwards in Ashlynn Soellner, Morgan Dankanich and Paloma Perez. All three forwards scored over 20 points in 2012.