Women's Soccer Goes for its 10th Straight Win Against Bucknell on Friday
Oct. 10, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Following its fourth straight Patriot League shutout against American, 1-0, on Tuesday, Navy (11-2-0, 4-0-0 PL) looks to continue its dominant defensive performance against Bucknell (5-7-0, 2-2-0 PL) on Friday, Oct. 11 at Emmitt Field (7 PM). Live stats can be found on navysports.com along with free live streaming on the Patriot League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Navy continued to play well in League play, not allowing a goal for the fourth time against American in a 1-0 shutout on Tuesday.
It took 55 minutes before Morgan Dankanich scored her ninth goal of the season for the eventual game-winner.
Navy's defense played another perfect 90 minutes by not allowing a goal for the fifth straight time and 10th time overall.
Bucknell enters Friday's contest at 5-7-0 overall and 2-2-0 in League play. The Bison won back-to-back PL games against Lehigh and Loyola (Md.) before recently falling to American, 3-0.
The Bison are 2-3-0 at Emmitt Field
Forwards Chelsey Garkowski and Sarah Bresette pace the Bucknell offensive charge with three goals a piece. Liz Dwornik is the Bison's top feeder with four assists on the season.
The Bison have a well-balanced offensive attacking, having seen nine different players score at least one goal.
Goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth leads the Patriot League in saves with 68 and holds a 1.79 goals against average.
Navy lead the all-time series, 13-8-1, over Bucknell. The Mids have played their best against Bucknell at Emmitt Field, holding an 8-3-0 record on Bison soil.
Freshman forward Cat Macklin scored her first collegiate goal against The Citadel on Sunday, Aug. 25. Macklin recorded her first game-winning goal against Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Freshman midfielder Emily Tucker tallied her first career point, an assist, against High Point on Friday, Sept. 13.
Freshman midfielder Taylor Kipilii recorded her first career points of the season against Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kipilii tallied two assists in the match.
The Mids backline play has not allow opposing teams very many opportunities to shoot on net, let alone score. In 13 games, Navy has held opponents to four shots on goal or less 10 times.
Following the 1-0 shutout to American, Navy extended its consecutive shutout minutes to 605:52.
The Mids backline that features Emily Wilkin, Jade Seabrook, Julie Schumacher, Kahra Kelty and Britta Vivaldi (1st off the bench) have combined for nine shutouts.
Along with goalkeeper Hoerner, Navy's backline is ninth in the nation in shutout percentage (number of shutouts to total games) at .667 (9-13).
Navy did not allow a single shot on net against Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Junior defender Jade Seabrook earned her second Patriot League BRINE Defender of the Week for Navy's stellar defensive performance against Colgate. Seabrook previously won the award on Sept. 23 and teammate senior defender Emily Wilkin garnered her first DOW on Sept. 30.
Junior forward Morgan Dankanich is becoming more and more dangerous on offense to opposing defenses, having scored her fourth game-winning goal of the season against American on Tuesday.
The Glenmoore, Pa. native leads the Patriot League in points (21) and goals (9).
Dankanich recorded five points on two goals and one assist to garner the Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9 through Sept. 15..
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.
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.
Against St. Bonaventure, Davidson recorded her second game-winning goal of the season in the 92nd minute of overtime.
Goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner's was 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 not disappointed this season, having put up solid numbers through the first ten games with a .838 save percentage and record of 10-2-0.
Hoerner has posted a 0.54 goals against average through 12 games played. She has recorded five solo shutouts and has combined with teammates Dayton Wetherby and Kalli Schulz for four more.
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 has not skipped a beat to begin the 2013 season, anchoring a backline that has recorded four shutouts.
The St. Paris, Ohio native has seen little time on the bench, having played 1146 of the 1186 possible minutes.
Navy hosts its final non-conference game against Penn on Monday, Oct. 14. Match is slated for 3 p.m.