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Women's Soccer to Host Lafayette, Lehigh This Weekend

Paloma Perez ranks third in the country with eight assists.

Oct. 4, 2012

Game Information
Lafayette (4-6-2, 1-0-0 PL) at Navy (13-1-0, 1-0-0 PL)

Friday, October 5, 2012
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
7:00 PM | Gametracker | Navy All-Access
Admission: Adults $7; Youth $5 | Buy Tickets | Promotions
All-Time Series: Navy leads, 18-2-1

Lehigh (2-8-0, 0-1-0 PL) at Navy (13-1-0, 1-0-0 PL)
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
1:00 PM | Gametracker
Admission: Adults $7; Youth $5 | Buy Tickets | Promotions
All-Time Series: Navy leads, 12-4-4

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (13-1-0, 1-0-0 PL) will carry momentum from its 13-game winning streak into a pair of home conference games this weekend. Navy will host Lafayette on Friday at 7:00 PM at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility and Lehigh on Sunday at 1:00 PM.

The women's soccer team will be holding a free post-game clinic following the Lehigh game on Sunday. Live stats will be available for both games on and live video of the Navy-Lafayette game will be available for Navy All-Access subscribers on Friday. Joe Miller will be on the play-by-play for Friday's contest.

The Mids opened Patriot League play last week with a 1-0 home victory over American. Sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) netted a goal in the 57th minute and junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) provided the shutout as Navy captured three points in the league standings.

The Mids also posted shutout victories over Howard (3-0) and Mount St. Mary's (5-0) last week to wrap up the non-conference portion of the team's regular season schedule.

Dankanich was named the Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals last week and also earned a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Additionally, sophomore Julie Schumacher (Plantation, Fla.) was named the Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week.

Navy Winning Streak Reaches 13 Games
It has been almost seven weeks since Navy last lost a game and the team has the longest active winning streak in the country. Navy has won 13 straight games since falling in its opener to then No. 13 Maryland and the team went a perfect 9-0 in the month of September.

Even with the impressive streak, Navy is six wins shy of the program record 19-game winning streak set by the 2006 squad. The 2006 team posted a 21-2-1 record, won the Patriot League Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Second Round.

Perez Third in the Nation in Assists
Junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) ranks third in the NCAA with eight assists this season and Schumacher is 12th with seven assists. Additionally, junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) and Dankanich both rank 17th in the NCAA with nine goals apiece. Soellner is ranked 21st with 22 points and Dankanich is 24th with 21 points.

As a team, Navy ranks seventh in the country in scoring offense (3.0 goals per game) and is second in winning percentage at .929 (13-1-0). Only unbeaten and nationally top-ranked Florida State (11-0) ranks ahead of Navy in winning percentage.

Patriot League Rankings
Entering the weekend, Navy has six more wins than any other team in the Patriot League. Additionally, the Mids lead the Patriot League in scoring offense (3.00 goals/game), scoring defense (1.00 goals-against average), shutouts (6), assists (3.64 per game) and total points (9.64 per game).

Individually, Dankanich and Soellner share the league lead of nine goals, Perez leads the league with eights assists and Soellner leads the conference with four game-winning goals.

Success in the First Half
Navy has outscored its opponents 22-4 in the first half this season. Navy is also 11-0-0 when scoring first. Navy has outscored its opponents, 7-0, in the first half over its last three games.

Scouting Lafayette
Lafayette enters Friday's contest at 4-6-2 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League after defeating Lehigh, 1-0, last weekend. Jill Dozier scored in the 13th minute against Lehigh, her team-leading sixth goal of the year.

Lafayette most recently fell to Cornell in a non-league game, 4-1, on Tuesday. The Leopards rested All-Patriot League goalkeeper Lauren Smedley against Cornell. Smedley leads the Patriot League with five shutouts and is second in goals-against average (1.14). She was the 2011 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year.

Navy leads the all-time series against Lafayette, 18-2-1, and is 8-0-1 in games played in Annapolis. Lafayette defeated Navy in the regular season in 2011, 1-0, before the Mids beat Lafayette in the Patriot League semifinals, 3-2. Lafayette took a 2-1 lead in the second half but Navy got back-to-back goals from Dankanich and Soellner to advance to the league title game.

Scouting Lehigh
The Mountain Hawks enter the weekend with a 2-8-0 overall record and a 0-1 mark in league play. Lehigh fell to Lafayette in its Patriot League opener. Lehigh will play at American on Friday afternoon before heading to Annapolis for the Sunday contest.

The Mountain Hawks dropped eight of its first nine games before pulling out a 2-1 overtime win over Columbia on Monday.

Murphee Greeley leads the team with three goals and Ashley Blanks is 1-5-0 in net with a 2.17 goals-against average.

Navy leads the all-time series against Lehigh, 12-4-4, and is 7-1-2 in games played in Annapolis. Lehigh won the 2011 meeting in Bethlehem, 1-0, on a goal by Greeley.

Up Next: Road Game at Preseason Favorite Colgate
Navy will next play at Colgate on Friday, October 12. Colgate is the defending regular season league champion and the 2012 preseason favorite. The Raiders enter the weekend at 6-4-2 and 1-0-0 in league play and are hosting Army and Holy Cross this weekend.

Parking/Shuttle Information | Additional Game Day Information
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker on their vehicle must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Free shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes between Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The shuttle buses will start running one hour before each game, throughout the entire game and for one hour after the game is complete. 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.



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