Aug. 30, 2012
Navy (3-1) at Jacksonville (1-2)
Friday, August 31, 2012 | 6:00 PM
Ashley Sports Complex | Jacksonville, Fla.
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Navy (3-1) at North Florida (2-2)
Sunday, September 2, 2012 | 1:00 PM
Hodges Stadium | Jacksonville, Fla.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (3-1) will carry a three-game winning streak into its first road trip of the season this weekend. Navy will first take on Jacksonville on Friday at 6:00 PM and will also play at North Florida at 1:00 PM Sunday. Live stats and free live video will be available for both games on NavySports.com(.)
Last Time Out
Earlier this week, Navy pulled out a thrilling, 3-2, win over George Mason. The Mids broke a 2-2 tie in the 90th minute when junior forward Ashlynn Soellner connected on the game-winner with just 32 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Mids had to respond from a 2-1 deficit with just 12 minutes remaining in the second half. Sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich came through with her second goal of the day to tie the match at 2-2 in the 81st minute to set up Soellner's winner.
Dankanich also scored in the 15th minute on Monday.
Navy increased its all-time series lead over George Mason to 5-1-1.
After being shutout in the season opener to No. 13 Maryland, Navy has won three straight games and has scored 11 goals in those contests, highlighted by a six-goal outburst against USC Upstate last Friday.
Junior forward Paloma Perez leads the team with eight points on two goals and four assists and junior forward Morgan Dankanich has three goals and one assist for seven points. Junior forward Ashlynn Soellner and freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson both have five points on two goals and one assist.
Perez and Dankanich have both scored in three straight games.
Around the Patriot League
After the first two weeks of the season, Navy sits atop the conference table with a 3-1 record. Navy is leading the league in overall scoring (8.75 points per game), goals (2.75 per game) and assists (3.25 per game).
Perez leads the Patriot League with eight points and Dankanich is tied for the league lead of three goals.
Colgate, the 2012 preseason league favorite, is off to a 2-2 start and rival Army is also 2-2.
Patriot League Awards
Due to the George Mason game being rescheduled from Sunday to Monday, Navy only played one game during last week's award window, defeating USC Upstate, 6-0. However, the team's performance in that one game was enough to earn three Patriot League weekly honors.
Junior forward Paloma Perez scored five points on two goals and an assist to earn the league's offensive player of the week award and freshman Kaylie Davidson also scored two goals with one assist for five points to earn the league's rookie of the week accolade. Additionally, sophomore defender Julie Schumacher was named the league's defensive player of the week after helping Navy post its first shutout of the season and also adding one assist.
Gabarra Chasing Glenn Warner
Head coach Carin Gabarra has won 240 career games during her 20 years at Navy and is just one shy of former men's coach Glenn Warner (241 wins from 1946-75) as the Naval Academy's all-time leader in soccer coaching wins, for either gender.
Most Coaching Wins at the Naval Academy
241 Glenn Warner 1946-75 Men's
240 Carin Gabarra 1993-Present Women's
234 Greg Myers 1976-04 Men's
Additionally, Gabarra has 246 total wins in her career and is just four wins shy of becoming the 26th coach in women's soccer history to win 250 career games. Gabarra won six games at Westmont before taking the reins of the Navy program.
Jacksonville is 1-2 this season after defeating Florida Atlantic, 1-0, in its opener and then falling to Florida International (2-1) and South Carolina (3-0) in its last two games.
Freshmen Marie Weckhurst and Sarah Moghadas have each scored one goal for Jacksonville, with Weckhurst connecting on the game-winner against Florida Atlantic. Goalkeeper Jill D'Amico owns a 1.56 goals-against average and has made 10 saves.
Sophomore forward Kaitlyn Bassett is the team's top returning scorer after notching eight goals and two assists in 2011, but has yet to play in 2012.
The Jacksonville-Navy game on Friday will be the home opener for the Dolphins at Ashley Sports Complex.
Jacksonville posted an 11-5-3 record in 2011 and a 7-1-1 mark in Atlantic Sun play to earn a share of a three-way tie for the regular season title. The Dolphins fell in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to Mercer in a shootout after the teams were tied at 1-1 after 110 minutes of play.
Navy leads the all-time series against Jacksonville, 1-0. The two teams met in 2006 at Stetson's campus in Deland, Florida and Navy was victorious, 5-0. Navy scored all five goals in the game's first 26 minutes.
Scouting North Florida
North Florida will enter the weekend with a 2-2 record and will host Georgia Southern on Friday night before playing Navy on Sunday.
The Ospreys dropped their first two games of the season to Furman (2-0) and Clemson (2-0) before winning back-to-back wins over South Carolina State (2-0) and Gardner-Webb (3-0).
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Beninati is the current Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week after posting shutouts against South Carolina State and Gardner Webb. On the season, Beninati is 2-2 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .818 save percentage.
Junior forward Thea Linkfield leads the team with three goals and junior forward Carolina Lencina and senior Kathryne Husted have each tallied one goal. Linkfield scored both of North Florida's goals in the 2-0 win over South Carolina State.
In 2011, North Florida posted a 9-10-2 record and a 4-4-1 mark in Atlantic Sun play. Lencina led the Ospreys in scoring in 2011 with 15 points on five goals and five assists.
This is the first meeting between Navy and North Florida.
Up Next: Navy Invitational
The Mids will return to Annapolis to host their annual Navy Invitational from September 7-9. Navy will host Rider on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 PM and will also take on Towson at 3:00 PM Sunday, September 9. Other games at the Navy Invitational consist of George Washington vs. Towson at 4:00 PM Friday and George Washington vs. Rider at 12 noon on Sunday.