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Navy Women's Soccer to Host No. 13 Maryland Friday

Navy coaches Dustin Shambach, Carin Gabarra and Rob Blanck

Aug. 16, 2012

Game Information
Maryland (0-0-0) at Navy (0-0-0)
Friday, August 17 | 8:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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Admission: Adults $7; Youth $5 | Buy Tickets | Promotions

UMBC (0-0-0) at Navy (0-0-0)
Sunday, August 19 | 1:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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2012 Media Guide

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team will open the 2012 season with a pair of games at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility this weekend. Navy will host No. 13 Maryland on Friday at 8:00 PM and the Mids will take on UMBC on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Video of Friday's Navy-Maryland game will be available for free on Navy All-Access with Joe Miller on the play-by-play. Live statistics will be available for both contests.



Following Sunday's Navy-UMBC contests, the program will hold its annual 'Meet the Mids' promotion, where fans can meet the team, get autographs and take pictures with the team.

Maryland, ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, is the highest-ranked opponent to play at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility since October 26, 2006, when Navy defeated No. 9 Penn State, 1-0.

This is Navy's 20th season of varsity play and the Mids are coming off a 13-6-3 season in 2011.

Scouting Navy
Navy returns eight starters and 18 letterwinners from last season's Patriot League finalist squad. Head coach Carin Gabarra will once again guide the Mids in 2012 and she owns the Patriot League's best winning percentage as a head coach. Gabarra has won 243 games in her career and needs just seven more to become the 25th all-time women's soccer coach to win 250 games.

Junior forward Ashlynn Soellner and sophomore defender Julie Schumacher were each recently named to the inaugural Patriot League Preseason All-League Team. Soellner paced Navy with six goals and 12 points last season and Schumacher made 11 starts as an outside back.

Also returning for Navy on the offensive end are junior Paloma Perez and sophomore Morgan Dankanich. Perez and Dankanich each shared the team lead of 12 points last season with Soellner. Perez, Dankanich and Soellner all appear on the Top Drawer Soccer Patriot League Top 20 players list. As a team, Navy is ranked No. 56 on the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 64 rankings.

Other returning veterans include senior midfielders Brittany Fruin and Fallon Puppolo and junior defender Emily Wilkin, who started 19 games last year.

Senior defender Kelsey Learned will serve as the 2012 team captain.

For the first time in program history, the Navy women's soccer roster will feature two sets of siblings. Twin sisters Caprice and Kahra Kelty enter their sophomore season and junior K.D. Woolard's younger sister, Jayne, is a member of the freshman class. Sisters Stephanie and Lindsay Parker played together in 2004.

Scouting Maryland
Maryland leads the all-time series against Navy, 6-0 and Maryland defeated Navy last season, 3-0. The Terps were ranked No. 5 at the time of the game.

Although this is also Maryland's season opener, the Terps have already played two preseason exhibition games. Maryland defeated Old Dominion, 1-0, and also knocked off St. John's, 2-0. Maryland's goal scorers were Hayley Brock, Aubrey Baker and Olivia Wagner.

Maryland posted a record of 12-6-4 last season and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Brock (7 goals, 19 points) and Wagner (8 goals, 18 points) are Maryland's top returning scorers from a year ago. Brock tallied a goal and two assists in the Navy-Maryland game last season.

First-year head coach Jonathan Morgan takes over the reins of the Maryland program after former head coach Brian Pensky left Maryland for Tennessee following the 2011 season. Morgan has served as an assistant coach at Maryland for the past five seasons.

Scouting UMBC
The Retrievers were 0-14-3 in 2011 and have been selected to finish ninth out of nine teams in the 2012 America East Preseason Poll. UMBC will open its season on Friday evening at home against Patriot League member Lafayette.

UMBC returns senior forward Rachel McKee, who led the team with seven goals in 2012. McKee was an All-America East Second-Team honoree in 2011.

Navy leads the all-time series against UMBC, 6-2-1. The two teams tied, 0-0, last season in a rain-soaked game in Baltimore. Navy was playing its third game in five days and was forced to play the game's final 52 minutes with 10 players due to a red card, but still out shot the Retrievers, 19-11.

First-year head coach Leslie Wray has taken the reins of the UMBC program for the 2012 season. Wray was last on the college sidelines in 2006 as the head coach of Towson.

Up Next
The Mids will also be at home next weekend, hosting USC Upstate on Friday evening and George Mason on Sunday afternoon. Navy will take its first road trip of the season over Labor Day Weekend, playing at Jacksonville and North Florida.

Parking/Shuttle Information | Additional Game Day Information
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker on their vehicle must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Free shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes between Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The shuttle buses will start running one hour before each game, throughout the entire game and for one hour after the game is complete. Shuttle schedule and pick up location are subject to change. Please call 1-800-US4-NAVY for more information. Fans are reminded that pets are not allowed in the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.

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