July 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Navy women's soccer head coach Carin Gabarra has announced senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) will serve as the team captain of the 2013 squad.
"I am very honored to be selected as the team captain and I am looking forward to leading this team along with the seven other members of our senior class," said Hoerner. "We set our team goals this past spring and we are looking forward to achieving them this fall. We are ready to go."
Hoerner was voted captain by her teammates after having a breakout junior season. Hoerner recorded a 17-2-1 record with a 1.06 goals-against average. She made 84 saves and posted an .818 save percentage. During conference play, she was 6-0-1 with a 0.55 goals against average and posted four shutouts in helping Navy capture the regular season title.
Hoerner was named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team and was selected as the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. She was also named to the conference's all-league first team and to the all-tournament team.
Hoerner had played just 132 minutes over three games during her first two seasons at Navy before winning the starting goalkeeper job during the 2012 preseason. The Southeastern Pennsylvania native made the most of her opportunity in becoming the first Navy goalkeeper to earn all-region first-team honors.
"[Hoerner] is a model of how we want our players to grow and develop over the course of four years," Gabarra said. "She has improved at an incredible rate and she is respected by everyone on the team."
The Honors Oceanography major is also one of the top women's soccer student-athletes in the country. Hoerner was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team last fall and was tabbed as the Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Hoerner will enter her senior year with a 3.86 cumulative grade-point average. She has been named to the Superintendent's List five times and the Commandant's List six times. She ranks second among her 1,098 classmates in Military Order of Merit and is 61st in Overall Order of Merit. Hoerner is also the secretary of the Class of 2014 at the Naval Academy.
Navy was 19-2-1 in 2012 and was the league's tournament runner-up. Navy's first regular season game in 2013 will be against N.C. State at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on August 23.