Ash Fairow & Sydney Fortson Earn Patriot League Honors
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – In recognition of a 2-0 week with a pair of shutout victories over American and Lehigh, the Navy women’s soccer team earned two Patriot League weekly awards on Monday. For netting both of the game-winning goals last week, junior forward Ash Fairow (Jacksonville, N.C.) was honored as the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Fortson (Claremont, Calif.) got the nod as the Corvias Goalkeeper of the Week.
Looking to hold the top spot in the Patriot League standings, Navy was faced with having to play a pair of games last week, first a road tilt at American on Wednesday before taking on the league’s stingiest defense in Lehigh at home on Saturday. Fairow and Fortson played leading roles in both of Navy’s wins as on Wednesday, Fairow broke a 0-0 tie in the 53rd minute with her then-sixth goal of the year, while Fortson stood tall in net and blanked the Eagles with two saves in the Mids’ 2-0 victory.
On the back-end of the week, Fairow spotted Navy an early lead with the game’s first goal in the eighth minute versus Lehigh. Fortson and the Mids’ defense made that 1-0 margin hold over until the 81st minute when Eleanor Pratt (Jr., New Orleans, La.) added an insurance goal to make the final score 2-0. Fortson faced six shots with three on goal against the Mountain Hawks in Navy’s fourth straight shutout and ninth clean sheet of 2017.
Individually, this season, Fairow leads the NCAA Division I ranks with six game-winning goals. All-time, she’s one away from the Navy program record for most GWG’s in a season. On the other end of the field, Fortson has backstopped five individual shutouts and has seen the majority of time in four other combined shutouts for the Mids. Her individual total is 28th-best in DI, while the team’s shutout percentage of 64.3 (9 of 14) ranks 17th in the nation.
Behind the award-winning duo, Navy continues to sit in first place in the league with a 4-0 mark. The Mids face another stiff task this Saturday night at home as they welcome the Boston University Terriers for an 8 p.m. showdown at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy and Boston are two of the four teams, who have separated themselves in the Patriot League standings, as the Mids are tied for first with Bucknell at 4-0-0 (12 points), while Boston and Colgate are two points back at 3-0-1.