Oct. 17, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy women's soccer (12-3-0, 5-0-0 PL) will be tested with its longest road trip of the season when it travels North to Holy Cross (2-8-4, 2-3-0 PL) on Friday at Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. With a win at Holy Cross OR a tie and a Lehigh-Army draw OR a Lehigh win, the Mids will be the first Patriot League team to clinch a spot in the six-team conference tournament. The match against the Crusaders will be streaming live and for free on the Patriot League Digital Network along with live stats on navysports.com.
Last Time Out
Navy brought its 10-game winning streak into a non-conference contest against Penn on Monday
Both defenses played at their highest points, allowing a total of eight shots on net (Navy - 5, Penn - 3) and not allowing a goal throw 90 minutes of regulation.
In the 93rd minute, a Navy defender was called for a handball inside the goalkeeper box which resulted in a Penn penalty kick. The Quaker's Kerry Scalora beat net-minder Elizabeth Hoerner to end the Mids 10-match winning streak.
Scouting Holy Cross
Holy Cross enters the contest 2-3-0 in the Patriot League and 1-3-2 at home. The Crusaders are currently tied-for fifth in the conference standings with Bucknell
The Crusaders success has come from their backline and goaltending, holding opponents to 13 goals in 14 games. The 0.93 goals against average mark is fourth best in the Patriot League.
Holy Cross' goalkeeper Carly McCabe is playing her best soccer this season, McCabe holds a 0.96 GAA with a .819 save percentage and four complete shutouts.
At home, the Crusaders are at their best, having allowed four goals in six games which has included two shutouts. Holy Cross' best offensive performance came against Lafayette on the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium, winning 3-1.
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 15 games, Navy has held opponents to four shots on goal or less 11 times.
Following the 1-0 overtime loss to Penn, Navy ended its consecutive shutout minutes to 797:52.
The Mids backline that features Emily Wilkin, Jade Seabrook, Julie Schumacher, Kahra Kelty and Britta Vivaldi (1st off the bench) have combined for ten shutouts.
Along with goalkeeper Hoerner, Navy's backline is tied for fourth in the nation in shutout percentage (number of shutouts to total games) at .714 (10-14), as of Monday.
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 (25) and goals (11).
Dankanich recorded three goals, two against Bucknell and one against American, last week to garner the Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
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 11-2-0.
Hoerner has posted a 0.53 goals against average through 14 games played. She has recorded seven solo shutouts and has combined with teammates Dayton Wetherby and Kalli Schulz for three 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 1300 of the 1368 possible minutes.
Navy hosts for the next two Patriot League contests, one against Lehigh on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and the other against Loyola (Md.) on Sunday, Oct. 27. Both matches will be streamed live and for free on the Patriot League Digital Network with Joe Miller on the call.