Women's Soccer to Host USC Upstate, George Mason
Freshman Joy Pearson
Aug. 23, 2012
USC Upstate (1-1) at Navy (1-1)
Friday, August 24, 2012 | 7:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (1-1) will play a pair of games at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility this weekend. The Mids will host USC Upstate (1-1) on Friday at 7:00 PM and George Mason on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Live statistics for both games will be available on navysports.com(.)
The Mids return to action after a 1-1 opening weekend. The Mids fell to No. 13 Maryland, 3-0, on Friday night but responded with a 2-1 win over UMBC on Sunday afternoon. Junior midfielder Taylor Batye and sophomore Morgan Dankanich scored for Navy in the win over UMBC and junior forwards Ashlynn Soellner and Paloma Perez added assists.
Navy outshot UMBC, 27-6, including a 12-3 edge in shots on goal. Navy also led in corner kicks, 4-1, as the team took a 7-2-1 all-time lead in the series against the Retrievers.
Batye's first-half tally was her first career goal and Dankanich, who scored just 57 seconds later, notched her fifth career game-winning goal.
Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner made two saves against UMBC to notch her first career win. Hoerner played every minute of Navy's first two games and holds a 2.00 goals-against average and a .556 save percentage.
Newcomer Joy Pearson started both games as an outside defender last weekend, logging 132 minutes. Fellow plebes Kaylie Davidson (67 minutes) and Lizzy Rullan (50 minutes) also saw significant playing time during the season's first weekend.
Navy is currently ranked No. 57 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 rankings after appearing at No. 56 last week. Navy is the only Patriot League school currently ranked in the tournament projections.
Scouting USC Upstate
USC Upstate will head north from Spartanburg, South Carolina for the second all-time meeting with Navy. In the inaugural game in the series in 2009, Navy was victorious, 3-0. The Mids scored all three goals in the first half and held the Spartans to just three shots.
USC Upstate split its first two games of the 2012 season, defeating VMI, 1-0, in double overtime before falling to Charleston Southern, 2-1.
Freshman Tamaya Tompoe scored in the 107th minute to pull off the 'Golden Goal' win against VMI. Against Charleston Southern, Michelle Calmeyn scored in the 33rd minute, but the Spartans gave up goals in the 71st and 82nd minutes to lose its lead.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Plantz is 1-1 with an 0.92 goals-against average and 12 saves.
USC Upstate is coached by Abby Minihan, who is in her first year at the helm. Minihan has previously served as an assistant coach at Syracuse and at her alma mater Michigan.
The Spartans were picked to finish 10th out of 10 teams in the Atlantic Sun Preseason Poll.
Scouting George Mason
Navy and George Mason will meet for the seventh time in series history on Sunday. Navy leads the all-time series, 4-1-1, and the Mids are 3-0-1 in the last four meetings.
George Mason is off to a 1-1 start to the 2012 season and will play George Washington Friday night before travelling to Annapolis.
The Patriots lost their opener to St. John's, 2-0, and then defeated Patriot League member American, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday.
Tiana Kallenberger scored the game-winner against American in the 96th minute. Kelly Pizzingrilli scored in the 70th minute to even the game at 1-1 after the Patriots allowed a goal to American in the 11th minute.
Goalkeeper Lyndsey Hokanson is 1-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average and four saves.
George Mason competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, where it was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll. Kallenberger was named to the CAA All-Preseason Team.
The Mids will take a road trip to Jacksonville, Florida over Labor Day Weekend. Navy will play at Jacksonville University on Friday, August 31 at 6:00 PM and will then play at the University of North Florida on Sunday, September 2 at 1:00 PM.
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.