Women's Soccer Prepares for North Florida and #15 Maryland
Junior midfielder Rachel Hunter tallied two assists in two games last week.
Aug 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -Coming off a 5-0 win over The Citadel, Navy women's soccer (1-1-0) looks to carry that momentum into this upcoming weekend. The Midshipmen begin with a home match against North Florida (1-0-1) on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 PM. Then on Sunday, the Mids travel west to face No. 15 Maryland at Ludwig Field at 7 PM.
• Freshman forward Cat Macklin scored her first collegiate goal against The Citadel on Sunday, Aug. 25.
• Sophomore midfielder Kaylie Davidson seems to be the go-to midfielder to kick start the offense through the first two games. Davidson scored the first goal of the season for Navy against N.C. State. That goal versus the Wolfpack gave the Midshipmen a 1-0 lead heading into the second half.
• Then two days later, the Oceanside, Calif. native scored the first of Navy's five total goals against The Citadel. Her goal was the eventual game-winner, which brought her tally of game-winning goals to four in her career.
• Her two-goal performance last week garnered her as the Navy Athlete of the Week. She is the first in the 2013-14 academic year to be named with that honor.
Full Speed Ahead
• Navy is primed for another chance to win the Patriot League Title. The Midshipmen return nine starters and 17 total letterwinners from the 2012 season.
• Navy's leading goal scorer from last season, senior forward Ashlynn Soellner, returns on the attacking end. Soelnner paced the Mids with 29 points on 10 goals and 9 assists in 2012.
• The Patriot League recognized the Midshipmen were ready to challenge for the title, placing three Mids on the 2013 preseason team, Soellner, Elizabeth Hoerner and Jade Seabrook. Seabrook was also named the conference's preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
• Having played just three games before her junior year, goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner's junior campaign put the spotlight on her for the upcoming senior season. The Lititz, Pa. native has been placed on three different preseason honors and was named the team's captain for 2013.
• Hoerner's 1.06 goals against average, .808 save percentage, four shutouts and a 17-2-1 record in 2012 not only garnered her a spot on the 2013 Patriot League Preseason Team, but is being watched as one of 31 potential candidates in all of Division 1 women's soccer for the MAC Hermann Trophy this season.
• The senior goalkeeper has excelled at a high level in the classroom, having accrued a 3.86 GPA as an Honors Oceanography major. 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. Her performance in the classroom, on the field, her character as a team captain and community service has placed her as one of 30 worthy candidates in Division I women's soccer for the 2013 senior CLASS award.
• Along with her teammate Hoerner, junior defender Jade Seabrook has placed on the big stage following a terrific 2012 campaign as a full-time starter. Seabrook started in 20 games, tallying eight points on two goals and four assists. She also anchored a Navy backline that blanked nine opponents.
• The St. Paris, Ohio native has been placed on the 2013 Patriot League Preseason Team, MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and was named the conference's preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Patriot League Preseason Poll
Following a tough loss in the Patriot League Championship game, Navy has been predicted to finish second this season. Newcomer, Boston University, is the overwhelming favorite to win the regular season, having tallied 12 of the 20 first-place votes.
Scouting North Florida
• Navy leads the all-time series against UNF, 1-0 and Navy defeated UNF last year, 5-3.
• North Florida has opened the 2013 season unbeaten with a 1-1 tie against Gardner-Webb and followed up with a 1-0 win over the College of Charleston. The Ospreys used a Gardner-Webb own-goal to force the tie and sophomore defender Lanie Keating scored the lone goal in the win over the Cougars.
• UNF's goalkeeper Susie Ford has played well in the first two contests. Ford has tallied eight saves in two games and owns a 0.43 goals against average.
• Don't be caught off guard with the Osprey's two total goals, one of which was an own goal. UNF has generated 30 shots, 16 of which have been on net
• In six seasons at North Florida, head coach Linda Hamilton has accrued a 43-44-10 record.
Scouting #15 Maryland
• With decisive wins over The Citadel, 9-0, and Villanova, 4-2, the Maryland Terrapins have jumped two spots in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top-25 poll from 17 to 15.
• Senior Haley Brock began the season off by contributing a goal and an assist in the 9-0 over the Bulldogs. Then Brock built on her total by defeating the Wildcats single-handedly with a hat-trick in the 4-2 win.
• The Terrapins' defense has stifled the opposing offensive attacking, having allowed just three shots on net through two games. All three shots on net came from Villanova, two were able to evade goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands.
• Maryland owns the all-time series against Navy, 7-0. Both teams met on Aug. 17, 2012 with Maryland coming out victorious, 3-0.
Navy will host both Duquesne and St. Bonaventura for their annual invitational next weekend. The Midshipmen will play host to Duquesne on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 PM. Then on Sunday, the Mids will face the Bonnies at Noon. Following each game, Towson will be the home team for the other visiting team not playing Navy that day.
Parking/Shuttle Information | Additional Game Day 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 one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and for one hour after. 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