Sep 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy women’s soccer (2-2-0) hosts Duquesne (1-2-0) and St. Bonaventure (1-2-0) in the annual Navy Invitational this weekend. The Midshipmen start a five-match homestand, beginning with the Dukes on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 PM. Then on Sunday, the Mids welcome the Bonnies at Noon. Video of Sunday's Navy-St. Bonaventure game will be available for free on the Patriot League Digital Network with Joe Miller on the call. Live statistics will be available for all contests.
The Navy Invitational includes Towson (2-2-0), who will act as the designated host for its contests against St. Bonaventure and Duquesne at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Tigers will kick off the Invitational against the Bonnies at 3 p.m on Friday. Then on Sunday, Towson will wrap up the four-team tournament against the Dukes at 3 p.m.
The Mids come into this weekend having split last week’s matches with a 1-0 win over North Florida and falling short to #15 Maryland, 2-0. Midfielder Kaylie Davidson paces the Navy offense with five points on two goals and one assist through the first four games.
Against North Florida, Navy’s offensive opportunities came throughout the entire second half. It was not until Davidson found Paloma Perez in the 79th minute to open up a scoreless tie and be the eventual game-winner. Then the Mids traveled to College Park to meet No. 15 Maryland. Navy’s defense stifled the 15th-ranked team in the country to just one shot on net through 45 minutes of play. For the Midshipmen, Perez looked to have two opportunities to give her team the lead, but fell short. Unfortunately, in the 71st and 82nd minutes, the Terrapins found slight cracks in the Navy defense to grab and hold onto a 2-0 final.
• Navy leads the young all-time series against Duquesne, 1-0 and Navy defeated Duquesne back in 2010, 3-2 in OT.
• Duquesne has begun the 2013 season 1-2-0 with a season-opening 1-0 overtime win against St. Francis, but has dropped two straight. The Dukes dropped a 1-0 decision against Pittsburgh and a 3-0 match to Marist.
• Duquense’s goalkeeper Devon Tabata has played in all three of this season’s contests. Tabata has tallied 18 saves in three games and owns an .818 save percentage.
• A.J. Baroffio has tallied the Dukes lone goal of the season. Baroffio’s goal came in the 93rd minute against St. Francis
• In his first season at Duquesne, head coach Al Alvine led his squad to a 6-11-2 record in 2012, which was a three win improvement from the 2011 season.
Scouting St. Bonaventure
• St. Bonaventure looks to bounce back from its home-opening loss to Buffalo, 2-1, on Friday, Aug. 30. The Bonnies are currently 1-2-0 with a 1-0 road win over Canisius and losses to Kent. St, 3-2, and Buffalo.
• The Bonnies offense has seen five different goal scorers with Brittany Charles leading the team in assists with three through three games.
• St. Bonaventure uses a two-goalie system. Megan Junker has started all three games and Christina Sarokon relieves in the second half. Sarokon owns a 1.33 GAA and a .778 save percentage and teammate Junker has a 2.00 GAA and a .500 save percentage.
• This is the first time that St. Bonaventure and Navy will meet in women’s soccer. The Midshipmen own a 19-6-2 record over current Atlantic-10 members.
• Freshman forward Cat Macklin scored her first collegiate goals against The Citadel on Sunday, Aug. 25.
• Sophomore midfielder Kaylie Davidson seems to be the go-to midfielder to kick start the offense. 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.
• Against North Floirda, the sophomore midfielder assisted Paloma Perez’s game-winner, which was Navy’s lone goal of the contest.
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.
Navy will continue its current five-game homestand when it hosts High Point and Iona next weekend. The Midshipmen will play host to High Point on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 PM. Then on Sunday, the Mids will face the Gaels at 1 p.m.
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.