Navy Women's Soccer at Army Friday
Rachel Hunter scored in the Star Game last season
Oct. 18, 2012
Navy (15-1-1, 3-0-1 PL) at Army (6-9-0, 1-3-0 PL)
Friday, October 19, 2012
Clinton Field | West Point, N.Y.
7:00 PM | Live Stats | Live Video ($9.95)
All-Time Series: Navy leads, 11-10-2
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (15-1-1, 3-0-1 PL) will play at Army (6-9, 1-3 PL) in the annual Star Game at Clinton Field in West Point on Friday at 7:00 PM. The Mids will also play at Holy Cross (6-8-1, 2-2-0 PL) on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Live statistics and subscription-based live video links for both games will be available on navysports.com(.)
Army and Navy will add another chapter to the nation's most storied college rivalry on Friday night at West Point. The Mids lead the all-time series, 11-10-2.
"The Army-Navy game is bigger than ourselves," head coach Carin Gabarra said. "We hope to put a lot of heart and passion into the game and play in a way to honor all those that serve and have served around the world in the Navy and Marine Corps. It's always an intense, passionate and well-fought game and we'll have to play at the best of our ability."
Following this weekend's road trip, Navy will have one final Patriot League regular-season game at home next Saturday against Bucknell.
Navy would clinch a Patriot League postseason tournament berth with a 2-0 record this weekend and could also clinch a berth with just one win and help from other teams in the league.
Navy enters the weekend at 3-0-1 with 10 points and sits in a first-place tie with Colgate. American is in third place with nine points (3-1). Bucknell and Holy Cross are tied for fourth place with six points and 2-2 records.
The top four teams make the Patriot League postseason tournament and each team has three league games remaining. Navy has qualified for the postseason tournament in 14 of the last 17 years.
Navy Team Notes
Navy is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and No. 47 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 Rankings ... The Mids have the second-longest active unbeaten streak in the nation at 16 games (15-0-1), behind UCLA's streak of 22 games ... Navy is ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (2.76 goals per game) and third in winning percentage (.912) ... Navy ranks first in the Patriot League in scoring offense (2.76) and goals-against average (0.98) ... The Mids are 11-1-0 at home and 4-0-1 on the road ... Navy is in its 20th season of varsity soccer ... head coach Carin Gabarra won her 250th career game earlier this season ... Ashlynn Soellner leads the team with 24 points on nine goals and six assists and Morgan Dankanich is second with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points ... Elizabeth Hoerner owns a 13-1-1 record in goal with a 1.23 goals-against average and two shutouts.
Mids Have a Knack for Late Goals
Navy has scored five game-winning goals in the 88th minute or later in 2012 and also scored five game-winning goals in the 88th minute or later in 2011. One of the 2011 goals was scored by Morgan Dankanich in the 88th minute as Navy rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Army, 3-2, in the Star Game.
Army enters the weekend at 6-9 overall and 1-3 in league play, under the direction of first-year interim head coach Fred Thompson. The Black Knights fell in their first three league games of the year, all road games, before defeating Lehigh, 2-1, last weekend.
Junior Joey Molacek leads the team with 16 points on seven goals and two assists and junior Kim An has four goals and four assists for 12 points. Goalkeeper Linda Rosas is 5-7 with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .760 save percentage.
Army is fifth in the conference in scoring offense (1.20 goals/game) and seventh in goals-against average (1.66).
The All-Time Series vs. Army
Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 11-10-2. In Star Games, Navy leads 9-7-2. Navy defeated Army, 3-2, in a regular-season meeting last year and Army earned a 2-0 victory over Navy in the 2011 Patriot League Championship game.
After Army took a 2-0 halftime lead in the 2011 Star Game, Navy went on a furious three-goal second-half comeback to reclaim the N-Star. Rachel Hunter scored in the 50th minute, followed by Brittany Fruin netting the tying goal in the 74th minute. The Mids took the lead and sealed the win in the 88th minute on a goal by Morgan Dankanich.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders enter the weekend at 6-8-1 overall and 2-2 in league play. Holy Cross will host American on Friday night before taking on Navy on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders own league wins over Army and Lafayette and have fallen to Bucknell and Colgate.
Sophomore Gina Righini leads the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists and freshman Annie Galvin also has four goals.
Sophomore Carly McCabe is 5-4-1 in goal and leads the Patriot League with an 0.89 goals-against average and a .875 save percentage. McCabe averages 6.36 saves and has four shutouts this season.
Holy Cross is sixth in the league in scoring offense (1.00 goals per game) and third in goals-against average (1.37).
All-Time Series vs. Holy Cross
Navy leads the all-time series against Holy Cross, 15-2-1. The Mids have won 11 straight games in the series, including four in a row in Worcester.
Up Next: Senior Day vs. Bucknell
Navy will play its final regular-season contest against Bucknell at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Saturday, October 27 at 12:00 noon. Navy will honor the three members of the Class of 2013 prior to the game. Navy's seniors are captain Kelsey Learned, Brittany Fruin and Fallon Puppolo.