Women's Soccer Hosts American in Patriot League Opener Friday
Sept. 27, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012 | Patriot League Opener
American (2-7-2, 0-0-0 PL) at Navy (11-1-0, 0-0-0 PL)
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
7:00 PM | Gametracker
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (11-1-0, 0-0-0 PL) will host American (2-7-2, 0-0-0 PL) at 7:00 PM Friday at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in both team's Patriot League opener. Navy will also play at Mount St. Mary's (5-4-0) in the team's final non-conference game of the regular season on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Live stats will be available for both games on navysports.com, as well live video of Sunday's match.
Mids Extend Win Streak to 11 Games
In the team's most recent game on Monday, Navy defeated Howard, 3-0, to extend its winning streak to 11 games. The streak is the longest active winning streak in the country and is the second-longest Navy streak in program history behind the 2006 club's 19-game run.
Navy has not lost since its season opener to Maryland on August 17, six weeks ago.
Nationally top-ranked Florida State (9-0-0) owns the nation's second-longest active winning streak at nine games.
Navy earned its 11th straight win by scoring all three goals in the first 26 minutes against Howard. Navy goal-scorers were freshman Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.), junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) and sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.).
Navy has featured a high-powered offensive attack all season long. The team ranks first in the Patriot League and fifth in the NCAA with 3.00 goals per game. Navy has scored 36 goals in its first 12 games after totaling 35 goals in 22 games last season. The Mids have scored at least two goals in each of their last 11 games.
Soellner leads Navy and the Patriot League with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Soellner has 21 goals in her three-year career, a figure that is tied for ninth place in the Navy record books.
Soellner, an All-Patriot League First Team honoree in 2011, has scored at least one goal in each of Navy's previous three games.
Dankanich ranks second to Soellner in scoring this season with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Her 17 points is the third-best total in the Patriot League. Junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) and Davidson have also surpassed the 10-point mark. Perez has 14 points on four goals and six assists and Davidson has 11 points on four goals and three assists.
Perez and sophomore defender Julie Schumacher (Plantation, Fla.) share the team-lead of six assists. Both rank atop the Patriot League in total assists.
Top Scoring Offenses in the NCAA Team Goals Per Game 1. Central Arkansas 3.80 2. Middle Tenn. 3.50 3. Duke 3.40 4. Penn State 3.10 5. Navy 3.00
Success on the Defensive Backline
Navy enters conference play with the Patriot League's second-best goals-against average (1.17), just behind Holy Cross (1.16). A key component of Navy's success has been its defensive backline, where the team has started seven different players, with three players already earning a combined four Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Junior Emily Wilkin (Westerville, Ohio) has made 11 starts and Schumacher and sophomore Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio) have started 10 games apiece. Other defensive starters for Navy this season include freshman Joy Pearson (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and sophomore Kahra Kelty (Odenton, Md.) with six each, freshman Lizzy Rullan (East Setauket, N.Y.) with three and sophomore Gabby McIntyre (Fort Pierce, Fla.) with two starts.
Seabrook has been honored twice by the Patriot League this season as the weekly defensive player of the week with Schumacher and Rullan each earning one league honor. Rullan has also been named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Regional Rankings and Conference Honors
Navy has climbed to a season-best No. 4 position in this week's NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll. The Mids are also at a season-best No. 47 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 64 rankings.
Seabrook earned her second Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week award earlier this week for her role in Navy's 2-1 win over Boise State last Friday. Seabrook played all 90 minutes as a central defender and had the primary assist on Soellner's game-winning goal in the 90th minute.
Patriot League Play Begins
After posting an 11-1-0 record during the preseason, Navy is eager take its momentum into the conference slate.
The Mids tied Lafayette for second place in the 2011 regular season standings with a 4-2-1 conference mark. Navy then defeated Lafayette in the Patriot League semifinals, 3-2, before falling to Army in the championship game, 2-0.
Navy was voted to finish third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, but did garner four first-place votes. Navy (11-1-0), Bucknell (7-4-0) and Colgate (5-4-2) are the only three league teams over .500 heading into conference play.
The Eagles bring a 2-7-2 mark into Friday's game and the team is 1-5-1 over its last seven. American owns wins over UMBC (2-1) and Howard (2-1) this season.
Jasmine Mohandesi and Michelle Montilio, both all-league players in 2011, share the team lead of six points. Goalkeeper Charlene Belanger is 2-5-2 with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .729 save percentage. The team has been outscored, 19-9, this season.
American finished in sixth place in the Patriot League last year with a 2-4-1 record and was 6-11-2 overall.
All-Time Series Against American
Navy holds a slim, 8-7-3, edge in the all-time series against American. The teams played two very tightly contested games in each of the last two seasons.
In 2011 in Washington, D.C., American took a 2-1 lead in the 87th minute on a goal by Mohandesi. Navy countered with a goal from Dankanich in the 89th minute to send the game to overtime, where Soellner knocked in the game-winning goal in the 110th minute.
In 2010 in Annapolis, it was Navy that took a 2-1 lead midway through the second half and American made the late run, scoring twice in a 1:09 span in the closing minutes to defeat Navy, 3-2.
Scouting Mount St. Mary's
Mount St. Mary's will enter the weekend with a mark of 5-4-0 mark and will host Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday evening in a Northeast Conference matchup before hosting the Mids on Sunday. The team is 0-1 in league play after falling to St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0, last weekend in its conference opener.
Senior Kelly Baker and sophomore Alicia Mirando lead Mount St. Mary's with four goals each and Jackie Corley and Ragan Cote have each scored three goals.
Freshmen Rachel Bourne and Vicky Cocozza have split time in goal for the Mount, each logging 405:00 minute to date. Bourne is 4-0 with a 0.89 goals-against average and Cocozza is 1-4 with a 2.22 GAA.
Navy leads the all-time series against Mount St. Mary's, 11-0-0, and has outscored the opposition, 32-3. Navy and Mount St. Mary's last met in 2010 with Navy picking up the 1-0 victory on a Soellner goal in the 85th minute.
Up Next: Mids to Host Lafayette and Lehigh
Navy will continue Patriot League play at home next weekend with a pair of contests. The Mids will host Lafayette on Friday at 7:00 PM and will welcome in Lehigh on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Lehigh is opening league play at Lafayette this Saturday.