Sept. 2, 2010
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Coming off a strong 2-0-0 week, the Navy women's soccer team will head west for a pair of games over Labor Day weekend. The Mids will first play at Texas Friday night and will then take on Texas State on Sunday afternoon.
As of Late
Navy is unbeaten in its last three contests (2-0-1) and enters the weekend with a season record of 2-1-1. Last weekend, Navy picked up a pair of 1-0 wins. The Mids won their home opener over Mount St. Mary's, before taking down George Mason in overtime.
Follow This Weekend's Action Live
Fans from around the world will have the opportunity to follow this weekend's action live on the internet. Live stats will be available for both contests and the Texas game will offer free live video. The Texas State game will feature live video for $6.95. Check NavySports.com throughout the weekend for the links to all live stats and live video feeds.
* Texas is 2-0-1 and is coming off a 1-1 tie with USC. Earlier this season, the Longhorns posted wins over UTSA, 3-2 and N.C. State, 2-1.
* The Longhorns are currently receiving 21 votes in the NSCAA National Poll, placing the team in a tie for 33rd in the country.
* Texas is also currently ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA Central Region Poll
* Redshirt freshman forward Leah Fortune is the team's leading scorer with two goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Kylie Doniak has one goal and two assists. Doniak was an all-region selection last year.
* The Longhorns were 9-9-3 in 2009 with a 4-3-3 mark in the Big 12.
* This is the first meeting between the two programs.
The Texas Women's Soccer program is combining the Midshipmen's arrival in Austin with their 'Horns and Heroes' Night. The Longhorns will celebrate our nations heroes with a number of patriotic-themed promotions. Also, members from all branches of the armed forces will receive free admission upon presentation of a service ID.
Fast Facts on Texas
Location: Austin, Texas
Home Field: Mike A. Myers Stadium (20,000)
School Colors: Burnt Orange & White
Conference: Big 12
First Year of Soccer: 1994
Head Coach: Chris Petrucelli (145-73-22, 12th year)
Scouting Texas State
* Texas State enters the weekend with a 1-2-0 record. The Bobcats will host UC-Riverside on Friday night before taking on the Mids on Sunday.
* The Bobcats' lone win of 2010 was over Utah Valley, 1-0. Texas State has lost to Texas Tech, 2-0, and Fresno State, 1-0 (OT).
* Team won the regular season Southland Championship in each of the last two seasons and made the NCAA Tournament in 2008.
* Bobcats were picked to win the Southland Conference in 2010.
* Texas State was 14-6-1 overall a year ago, and 8-0-1 in the Southland.
* The Bobcats suffered a 2-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland Championship game in 2009.
* Senior forward Britney Curry, junior midfielder Kelsey Bernard and senior defender Jessica Elting have all been named to the 2010 All-Southland Preseason First Team.
* Curry was the 2009 Southland Conference Player of the Year, scoring 18 goals with seven assists.
* This is the first meeting between the two programs.
Fast Facts on Texas State
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Home Field: Bobcat Soccer Complex (1,500)
School Colors: Maroon & Gold
First Year of Soccer: 1999
Head Coach: Kat Conner (115-98-16, 12th year)
Last Time in the Lone Star State
The only other time Navy has played in Texas was in 1999 for the Texas A&M-hosted Nike Aggieland Classic. The Mids suffered a loss to the hosts, who were ranked No. 10 in the nation, but would later defeat Houston, 4-0.
Soellner, George Receive Patriot League Player of the Week Accolades
Freshman forward Ashlynn Soellner and junior defender Katelyn George nabbed Patriot League weekly accolades for their play last week. Soellner, who scored two-game winning goals, was named the offensive player of the week and George, who assisted on Soellner's two goals, was named the defensive player of the week. George was also a part of a defensive backline that logged two shutouts.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
Player Award Date
Ashlynn Soellner Offensive Player of the Week 8/30
Katelyn George Defensive Player of the Week 8/30
Christine Calderon Offensive Player of the Week 8/23
Mids in the Polls
Navy cracked the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll on Monday. The Mids enter the regional rankings at No. 10. Last season, Navy peaked at No. 3 in the poll. James Madison, who Navy plays on Sept. 19, is currently ranked third in the region.
For the third straight week, Navy has appeared in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 Rankings. This week, the Mids jumped five spots to No. 56 in the rankings. The rankings are used as a means to project the 64 teams that will make the NCAA Tournament at the end of the year and includes automatic bids from every conference. Navy is the only Patriot League team currently ranked and two of Navy's 2010 opponents also appear - Texas (34) and James Madison (47).
NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll
8/30/10 No. 10
TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64
8/30/10 No. 56
8/23/10 No. 61
8/16/10 No. 54
Late Game Magic
In all four of Navy's games this season, the Mids have been able to find the net in the waning minutes of play. Every one of the goals Navy has scored in the 85th minute or later has either tied the game or put the Mids ahead.
Navy's Goals in the 85th Minute or Later
Date Time Goal Opponent Result
Aug. 29 98:51 Ashlynn Soellner George Mason W 1-0 (OT)
Aug. 27 84:33 Ashlynn Soellner Mount St. Mary's W 1-0
Aug. 22 87:00 Katelyn George Presbyterian T 2-2 (2OT)
Aug. 20 86:54 Christine Calderon South Carolina State L 1-2
Navy on 281-Minute Defensive Scoreless Streak
After conceding a goal in the 18th minute against Presbyterian on August 22, the Navy defense has strung together a 281-minute scoreless streak that spans three games. The Mids shutdown Presbyterian for the rest of their double-overtime 2-2 draw (92 minutes), blanked Mount St. Mary's in a 1-0 win (90 minutes) and posted a clean sheet in a 1-0 overtime win over George Mason (99 minutes).
Keeper Duo Posts Back-to-Back Shutouts
The goalkeeping tandem of sophomore Hannah Legler and freshman Alexes Lopez-Shaw has posted back-to-back 1-0 shutouts for the Mids. Legler played the first half against Mount St. Mary's and Lopez-Shaw kept the shutout intact while playing the second half. The order was switched against George Mason, as Lopez-Shaw made four saves in a scoreless first half against the Patriots and Legler shut George Mason down in the second half and overtime. On the season, Legler has played in 208:51 minutes and has a 0.86 GAA, while Lopez-Shaw has logged 180:00 minutes with a 1.00 GAA.
Navy Quick Kicks
* Navy's Christine Calderon (2g), Ashlynn Soellner (2g) and Katelyn George (1g, 2a) have four points each on the season and share the Patriot League lead in scoring.
*George has registered a point in three straight games
* Sophomore midfielder Fallon Puppolo has two assists.
* All five of Navy's goals have come in the second half or in overtime. The trend is a reversal from a year ago, when Navy scored 25 first-half goals and 16 goals in the second half.
* Ashlynn Soellner's overtime goal against George Mason was the 15th Golden Goal in Navy's program history and the first since Kate Herren scored in the 96th minute of the Patriot League Semifinals against Colgate in 2008. Navy scored four Golden Goals in 2008, but none in 2009.
* Amanda Serfass and Morgan Tilley each had near-goals in the second half against George Mason, but both of their shots banged off the crossbar.
* Navy's backline of Katelyn George, Katie Kelly, Emiliy Wilkin, Amber Haling, Kate Herren and Kelsey Learned didn't allow Mount St. Mary's to get a shot on goal in Navy's 1-0 win on Aug. 27. The Mount only produced five total shots in the game, with only one coming in the second half.
* Freshman forward Hannah Morse leads the team in shots (12) and shots on goal (8).
* With Navy's 1-0 win over Mount St. Mary's in their home opener, the Mids improved to 83-12-7 (.848) all-time at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. In addition, The Mids are 41-5-4 (.860) at home since the beginning of the 2006 season.
* Navy is 1-0-1 in overtime games this fall.
Navy head coach Carin Gabarra is in her 18th season at Navy. She entered the season with a 215-98-27 record at Navy and is 221-108-27 overall.
Gabarra Highlights (heading into 2010)
* One of 36 active Division I head coaches with 200-plus wins.
* Ranks 24th nationally among active head coaches with 215 career wins.
* Ranks 33rd nationally among active head coaches with a .659 winning percentage.
A Tradition of Success
The Navy women's soccer program has surpassed the double-figure win total 15-straight years dating back to 1998. There are currently 321 Division I soccer teams and only 10 have won 10 or more games in each of the last 15 seasons.
Teams with 10-Win Seasons in Each of the Past 15 Years (1995-2009)
Rk. Team Total Wins
1. North Carolina 345
2. Notre Dame 319
3. Portland 278
4. UCLA 276
5. Penn State 273
6. Texas A&M 266
7. Florida 263
8. Stanford 224
9. Navy 206
10. Virginia 204
Army-Navy Game to be Broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel
The October 8th Army-Navy game in West Point, N.Y. will be broadcast on the Fox Soccer Channel as the NSCAA College Game of the Week. The game will be shown on a four-hour tape delay and the broadcast will start at 11 p.m., following the Davidson-Wofford men's soccer game at 8 p.m.
Grupp Voted Team Captain
The 18th team captain in Navy women's soccer program history will be senior defender Jessica Grupp. Grupp was elected by her teammates earlier in the year. Grupp, a Highland Mills, N.Y. native, played in 52 games during her first three seasons at Navy. "Jess will be a great leader for us and has already shown the ability to carry the workload that a captain has to manage." said head coach Carin Gabarra. "She is approachable, sincere, fair and has the respect of all her teammates."
Navy Women's Soccer - A National Team
This year's roster boasts 29 players who hail from 12 different states and one player from Germany. Virginia has the highest concentration of players with five, and the state of Washington ranks second with four players. Three players hail from Maryland. Other hometown states include California, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Around the Patriot League
* In addition to Navy's Soellner and George, other PL weekly winners were Lehigh's Lauren Mains (GK) and Army's Molly McGuigan (Rookie).
* Lafayette (2-0-0) and Lehigh (0-0-1) are the lone remaining unbeaten teams.
* Defending-champion Colgate is off to a 0-3 start, losing to No. 17 Virginia, No. 18 Rutgers and Syracuse.
* Navy's archrival Army is 2-1-0.
* The most lopsided game of the season to date was Georgetown's 9-0 win over American.
The Mids will host the Navy Invitational next weekend. This will be the 12th year Navy has hosted the invite and the eighth in a row. The four-team classic will first pit Manhattan and Towson against each other on Friday, Sept. 10 at 4 pm. Navy will host Charleston Southern in the nightcap at 7 pm. On Sunday, Sept. 12, Towson and Charleston Southern will play at noon and the Mids will host Manhattan at 3 pm. Navy claimed the invite title in 2009 with wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Boise State. Navy's Amanda Serfass was named the invite's most valuable player.
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