Navy to Open 2017 Season with Weekend Tilt versus Tennessee & Maryland
|GAMES 1-2: NAVY (0-0) vs. TENNESSEE (0-0) || NAVY (0-0) at MARYLAND (0-0)|
||TENN: Friday, August 18, 7 p.m. || MD: Sunday, August 20, 7 p.m.|
|Location||TN: Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, Annapolis, Md. || MD: Ludwig Field, College Park, Md.|
|Live Stats||TN: NavyStats.com || MD: Live Stats|
|Live Video||TN (Only): Patriot League Network|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
Navy to Open 2017 Season with Weekend Tilt versus Tennessee & Maryland
The Navy women's soccer team will kick off its 2017 season this weekend with a pair of non-conference matchups versus Power 5 opponents. The Mids will begin 2017 at home at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Friday night with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Tennessee Volunteers before traveling down the road to College Park and the University of Maryland for a Sunday 7 p.m. contest with the Maryland Terrapins.
Navy vs. Tennessee
The Mids and Volunteers will pick up a young series that began two seasons ago with a 2015 meeting in Knoxville. Playing on Sept. 4, 2015, the host Volunteers defeated the Mids by a score of 3-0. The home squad netted the eventual game-winner in the 19th minute of the contest and added two insurance markers in the second half. Nine members of the 2017 Navy roster saw action in Knoxville with Meghan Hegarty (two shots on goal) and Clare MacAdam (one shot on goal) finding the most success against Tennessee.
Navy vs. Maryland
The Mids and Terrapins have met 11 times on the pitch with Maryland holding a 9-1-1 all-time series advantage. The rivalry that started in 1996 has picked up recently with meetings in each of the last six years. The teams have volleyed results back in forth over the past three years with 1-1 tie in 2014, a 2-0 Maryland win in 2015 and a 5-3 victory in Annapolis for the Mids in 2016.
The 2016 matchup featured an offensive outburst from sides with Navy opening the first 41 minutes with three unanswered goals before the teams traded markers in the second half. Alex Jackson (12th minute), Clare MacAdam (33rd) and Rachel Feldman (41st) scored for the host Mids in the first half before Cadie Higginson (75th) and MacAdam (82nd) scored within seven minutes of each other in the final stretch of play.
Navy held advantages over Maryland in shots, 17-15, shots on goal, 11-10 and corner kicks, 5-3.
Comparing the Teams
|Goals||Clare MacAdam, 6||Rylie O'Keefe, 5||Chelsea Jackson, 9|
|Assists||MacAdam, 6||O'Keefe, 5||Jlon Flippens, 4|
|Points||MacAdam, 18||O'Keefe, 19||Jackson, 20|
|Shots||MacAdam, 83||Ariel Kupritz, 29||Jarena Harmon, 40|
|GK Saves||Sydney Fortson, 14||Shae Yanez, 52||Rachel Egyed, 54|
Parking / Shuttle Information
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting at 6:00 PM, one hour prior to the game and will continue running until one hour after the game is completed. Fans 18 and over need a government-issued photo ID. Enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. to park at the stadium. Dogs are not permitted inside the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Season Outlook: Eight Returning Starters & Six Seniors Lead Navy into 2017
Picked to finish third in the Patriot League this season as noted by Wednesday's preseason poll, Navy, under the direction of 25th-year head coach Carin Gabarra, returns 15 letterwinners and eight starters from 2016. Navy's six seniors: Captain Clare MacAdam-F, Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan-M, Liza Harris-D, Meghan Hegarty-M, Madeline Ostrowski-F and Megan Rogers-D will provide a strong foundation with experience and leadership both on and off the field for the Mids as they begin hunt for the fourth Patriot League title in program history.
The Mids return a trio of talented goal scorers in the form of upperclassmen: Clare MacAdam, Ash Fairow and Anabell Motley.
MacAdam, the team captain returns as one of the top scorers in Navy history and opens the season with 60 career points on 24 goals and 12 assists. Her goal total ranks ninth all-time, while sitting 12th in career points. The New Jersey native is a three-time All-Patriot League honoree.
An injury to Fairow robbed the Mids of some scoring punch during the middle of the season, but allowed Motley to move into the starting lineup. Fairow netted eight points (3g, 2a) over 14 games, while Motley added seven (2g, 3a) in 20 appearances with nine starts.
Madeline Ostrowski will bring a veteran presence to the forward equation with 39 career appearances.
Regan McQuain earned important minutes off the bench appearing in over half of Navy's games as a freshman.
Freshmen Gabby Gordon and Ty Horne will immediately give Navy length as Gordon is 5'8 and speed with Horne's background as a high school track & field and soccer standout.
The Mids return all four of their prespective midfielders with 2016 All-Patriot League performers Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan and Meghan Hegarty leading the quartet. Dzhandzhapanyan, a second team honoree, recorded five points with two goals and an assist, while Hegarty, the Mids' holding midfielder, notched a pair of goals on her way to a third team nod.
Sophomore Cadie Higginson will step into the starting lineup after appearing in all 22 games and registering six goals and two assists, in addition to two Patriot League Rookie of the Week accolades in `16.
Karli Sottung rounds out the returners as the junior played in 21 games with 19 starts in her first full, healthy season. Sottung posted six points on two goals and two assists.
Eleanor Pratt with 24 career starts over 44 career games will also be in the mix from the start in the midfield. In 2016, Pratt scored once and added three assists.
Navy adds a winning pedigree and familiarty to its midfield ranks with the additions of Amy Luttges, a two-time Virginia State Cup champ and Kristina Dzhandzhapanyan, the younger sister of Natalie.
A mixture of veterans and underclassmen make up the foundation of Navy's 2017 defense with seniors Liza Harris and Megan Rogers providing leadership in the starting lineup along side the sophomore duo of Alex Jackson and Baseley McClaskey.
Rogers earned Third Team All-Patriot League honors in 2016 after starting all 22 games for Navy, in addition to tallying four assists.
In her first full season back from a 2015 injury, Harris played in 20 games with 15 starts on defense.
As freshmen, Jackson and McClaskey both appeared in all 22 games with Jackson getting the starting nod in every contest and only leaving the pitch for 15 total minutes. McClaskey came off the bench in 21 of her 22 appearances and gave the Mids strong marking at both outside midfield and defense.
With 25 career starts, junior Mary August is poised to give the Mids key minutes off the bench.
Kayla Robinson and Lexie Silva will look to contribute in 2017 after limited action early in their careers.
Incoming freshmen Kate Asaro, Emily Keast and Denisse Ramirez will all challenge for playing time as members of a deep defensive corps.
The Mids return three goalkeepers from last season and add freshmen Molly Swiger to its ranks.
Sophomore Sydney Fortson is in line for the starting role after five games of non-conference action in 2016 and a full slate of spring season competition. The California native went 1-1 with a 1.56 GAA and .778 save percentage as a freshman.
Junior MaryKate Helms and sophomore Ashley Sweet did not appear in goal during the 2016 regular season, but will provide quality depth and challenge Fortson.
Swiger joins the quartet of goalkeepers after a decorated career with Chattahoochee HS and the Atlanta Fire United club team.