First Place on the Line in Navy-Colgate Matchup
Oct. 11, 2012
Navy (15-1, 3-0 PL) at Colgate (8-4-2, 3-0 PL)
Friday, October 12, 2012
Van Doren Field | Hamilton, N.Y.
7:00 PM | Live Stats | Live Video ($5.95)
Last Meeting: Navy 1, Colgate 1 (2OT) (Oct. 15, 2011)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy (15-1, 3-0 PL) will travel to Colgate (8-4-2, 3-0 PL) in a battle of Patriot League first-place teams on Friday night at 7:00 PM. Both Navy and Colgate have nine points in the league standings on matching 3-0 records after the first two weekends of conference play. Live stats and live video will be available on navysports.com and a 24-hour pass to Colgate's live video service can be purchased for $5.95.
"Colgate is a quality team and playing them on the road is a big game for us," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We like playing in big games. We aren't going to go up there thinking about the league standings; we just want to be at our best."
The Mids, who are 4-0 on the road, begin a season-long three game road trip on Friday. Navy will play at Army and Holy Cross next weekend before hosting Bucknell on October 27 in the regular-season finale.
Mids Continue Knack for Late-Game Heroics
Navy won a pair of one-goal games last weekend, defeating Lafayette, 3-2, on Friday and knocking off Lehigh, 1-0 in overtime, on Sunday. Against Lafayette, Navy gave up an own goal in the 86th minute to even the game at 2-2 but got the game-winner in the 88th minute from sophomore Lily Kraemer (Pitman, N.J.).
Navy played its first overtime game of the season on Sunday against Lehigh and it was freshman Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.) who provided the difference, scoring a 'Golden Goal' in the 99th minute.
Navy has scored an impressive five game-winning goals in the 88th minute or later this season.
Navy's Win Streak Hits 15
With its two wins last weekend, Navy extends its winning streak to 15 games. Navy owns the longest active winning streak in the nation, three games ahead of Florida State's 12-game streak.
The winning streak is the second-longest in Navy program history, behind the 19-game streak achieved by the 2006 team. Navy's third-longest winning streak is seven games (1998 and 2003).
Goalkeeper Hoerner Stepping Up in League Play
Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) emerged from preseason training camp as the team's starter despite just 132 minutes of playing experience over three career games. However, Hoerner has played like a seasoned veteran, owning a 13-1-0 record in goal with two solo shutouts and three combined shutouts. Hoerner ranks second in the Patriot League with a 1.27 GAA and is third with a .775 save percentage.
In her first career game against a Patriot League opponent on Oct. 28, Hoerner made four saves and shut out American, 1-0. The following week, Hoerner made two saves and shut out Lehigh, 1-0, as Navy earned the overtime victory.
As a team, Navy leads the Patriot League with an 0.99 goals-against average and seven shutouts. Backup goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw (Bothell, Wash.) has played 291 minutes and has a perfect 0.00 goals-against average and Kalli Schulz (Kenosha, Wis.) has logged 24 scoreless minutes off the bench.
Davidson Sets Navy Rookie Record
Freshman Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Navy's win over Lehigh on Sunday and also scored against Lafayette last week. Davidson was then named the Patriot League BRINE Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.
Davidson becomes the first player in Navy women's soccer history to earn three rookie-of-the-week awards.
Davidson ranks third on the team with six goals and is fourth with 15 points.
The California native was also named the 84th best freshman in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com earlier this week.
Navy Ranked Fourth in Mid-Atlantic Poll
For the third straight week Navy is ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll. This is Navy's sixth week in the Mid-Atlantic Region Poll. William and Mary is ranked No. 1, followed by La Salle and Dayton.
Navy is also ranked in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 Rankings at No. 44 for the second week in a row. Navy has appeared in the Tournament 64 Rankings in all nine weeks of the 2012 season.
Mids in the National Statistical Rankings
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings, Navy is ranked seventh in scoring offense at 2.88 goals per game. The Mids are also second in winning percentage (.938), behind only nationally top-ranked and undefeated Florida State (12-0-0).
Individually, sophomore Julie Schumacher (Plantation, Fla.) and junior Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) are tied for seventh in the country in total assists with seven each. Junior Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) is 22nd in the nation with 24 points and sophomore Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) is 27th with 23 points. Soellner also ranks 18th with four game-winning goals.
Colgate enters Friday's game on a three-game winning streak, having defeated Bucknell (4-1), Army (3-2) and Holy Cross (3-0) for nine points and a tie with Navy for first-place in the Patriot League standings.
Senior forward Jillian Kinter leads the team and the Patriot League, and is 12th in the NCAA, with 28 points on 10 goals and eight assists and freshman forward Catherine Williams is second with 24 points on nine goals and six assists.
Kinter was the 2011 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.
Colgate ranks second to Navy in the Patriot League in goals per game at 2.57. The team ranks seventh out of eight teams in goals-against average (1.72).
Colgate was the 2011 Patriot League Regular Season champions but was upset by Army in the Patriot League semifinals. The Raiders were tabbed as the league favorites in this season's preseason poll.
All-Time Series vs. Colgate
Colgate is the only team in the Patriot League with a winning record in the all-time series against Navy, holding a 13-11-2 edge. However, Navy is 1-0-1 over the past two games.
Navy and Colgate tied, 1-1, in Annapolis last season with Kinter scoring in the 47th minute for Colgate and Soellner netting the equalizer in the 84th minute. Navy defeated Colgate in 2010, 2-0, with then freshmen Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) and Soellner scoring for Navy.
Battle of Patriot League's Top Coaches
Friday's contest will be a meeting of two of the most successful coaches in Patriot League women's soccer history. Navy has been a member of the Patriot League since 1994 and since then Carin Gabarra has amassed 250 wins as a coach in the conference, the most in league history. Colgate head coach Kathy Brawn has been at Colgate since 1991 and has 245 wins, ranking second to only Gabarra. Gabarra also owns the league's best winning percentage (.682), while Brawn ranks fourth (.614).
Up Next: Star Match at Army
The Mids will next travel to West Point to take on Army in the annual Army-Navy Star Match on Friday, October 19. Navy defeated Army in last year's Star Match, 3-2, overcoming a two-goal second-half deficit. Navy leads the all-time series, 11-10-2.