Women's Soccer to Host Army on Friday Night
Oct. 19, 2011
Holy Cross (2-11-2, 0-4-0 PL) at Navy (9-5-3, 1-2-1 PL)
Annapolis, Md. | Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Live Stats
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's soccer team (9-5-3, 1-2-1 PL) is gearing up for a big weekend with a pair of Patriot League contests at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy will host Army in the annual Star Game on Friday evening and will also host Holy Cross on Senior Day Sunday. Live stats for both games will be available on navysports.com and live video of the Army-Navy game will be streamed on Navy All-Access.
Quoting head coach Carin Gabarra on Army...
"Since our game on Monday, our focus has been completely on Army. This rivalry is very important to us and to every player who has ever played in this program. We play for them and we play for everyone serving in the Navy and Marine Corps all over the world. This is always a close game filled with intensity and emotion and we always look forward to this game."
Navy has three Patriot League games remaining on its schedule and currently sits in fifth place with four points. Lafayette is currently in first place with 12 points and a perfect 4-0-0 record. However, the Leopards still have to play both Army and Colgate, who are tied for second place with eight points apiece. Lehigh is in fourth place with seven points. The top four teams will advance to the Patriot League tournament.
The Mids are heading into the weekend coming off a dominant 5-0 win over South Carolina State on Monday. Freshman Rachel Hunter scored twice and sophomore Hannah Morse added a goal and two assists to pace Navy's attack. The Mids also used four different goalkeepers for the team's seventh shutout of the season.
Navy's most recent Patriot League contest was a 1-1 draw with Colgate last Saturday. Sophomore forward Ashlynn Soellner scored in the 84th minute off a corner kick from senior back Kate Herren to tie the game. Neither team could get the go-ahead goal in the end of regulation and the two teams played a scoreless overtime for the tie. The game was Navy's program record tying eighth overtime contest of the season.
Herren was named the Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week for her play against Colgate, her third such honor of the season. Herren's six assists are tied for the Patriot League lead and she has also been the leader of Navy's defensive backline all season.
Sophomore forward Paloma Perez continues to lead Navy in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists. Navy has a very balanced attack and Perez's three goals are tied for the team lead with five other players: Hunter, Soellner, Sam Newhaller, Fallon Puppolo and Caprice Kelty.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw will get her first crack at Army after watching from the sidelines as a freshman in 2010. Lopez-Shaw ranks third in the Patriot League with a 0.85 GAA and has tallied five shutouts on the season.
Army (9-2-4, 2-0-2) enters the weekend with league wins over Bucknell and Holy Cross so far this season with a pair of ties against Lehigh and Colgate. The No. 10 team in the Mid-Atlantic Region was voted the preseason favorites to win the Patriot League after being regular season co-champions a year ago. The Black Knights were upset in the Patriot League Championship game by Lehigh, 1-0.
Army has allowed just six goals in 15 games this season and has 11 shutouts. Senior goalkeeper Monica Lee is ranked sixth in the nation in both GAA (0.38) and save percentage (.919). As a team, Army is fifth in the NCAA in GAA (0.38) and fourth in shutout percentage (0.73).
Lee is aided on the defense by sophomore back Molly McGuigan, a two-time league defensive player of the week in 2011 and a 2010 All-Patriot League First Teamer.
Sophomore Kim An leads the way on offense with seven goals and 15 points. An was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-conference honoree last season.
Star Game History
Navy currently leads the Star series in women's soccer, 8-7-2, as well as the overall series, 10-9-2. Although Army defeated Navy last year for the Star, 1-0, the Mids are 3-1-1 in Star Games over the past five years. Navy is also 5-3-0 all-time in Star Games played in Annapolis.
The 2010 contest was decided by Kelly Robbins' goal in the 67th minute. The matchup was televised by Fox Soccer Channel as the NSCAA College Game of the Week.
Big Crowd Expected for Army-Navy
When Army and Navy get together in any sports, the supporters from both sides always come out in droves. Navy last hosted Army in 2009, and a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility attendance record was established when 2,627 fans saw the Mids post a 2-0 win. Navy also welcomed in over 1,000 fans in the in the Star Game in 2003 (1,052) and 2005. (1,058). Navy currently leads the Patriot League in attendance with an average of 411 fans.
2011-12 Army-Navy Series
Navy currently leads the overall Army-Navy series this season, 5-1. The Mids also hold a 4-1 edge in the Star series. Navy has picked up Star wins in men's soccer, golf, men's cross country and women's cross country. Navy owns a comfortable lead in the all-time series in all sports, 939-712-39 (.567).
Scouting Holy Cross
Holy Cross enters the weekend in last place in the Patriot League with a 0-4-0 record and stand at 2-11-2 overall. The Crusaders will play at American on Friday evening before meeting Navy at 1:00 PM on Sunday.
Holy Cross' two wins this season have come against Central Connecticut and Bryant. Gini Righini leads the team with three goals and six points.
Navy leads the all-time series against Holy Cross, 14-2-1. Additionally, Navy has won the last 10 games in the series. Navy picked up a 1-0 win at Holy Cross in 2010, with Soellner netting the game-winner on an assist from Herren. Lopez-Shaw earned her first career shutout in the win over Holy Cross a year ago.
Seniors Herren and Serfass to be Recognized Sunday
The Navy women's soccer program will honor the accomplishments of the two members of the Class of 2012 prior to the Holy Cross game on Sunday in a special Senior Day ceremony. Seniors Kate Herren and Amanda Serfass are four-year members of the women's soccer team who have helped Navy post a 47-22-11 record during their tenure, heading into this weekend.
Navy's final regular season contest of the 2011 season will be at Bucknell on October 29 at 12 noon. Bucknell is currently in seventh place in the Patriot League with a 1-3-0 record. Should Navy finish in the top four of the Patriot League, the team will advance to the Patriot League Tournament Nov. 4-6.
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. Additional Game Day Information
Promotions/Tickets | Purchase Tickets
Make it a Navy Soccer Weekend - All fans that purchase a ticket to the Army game will receive free admission to Sunday's game against Holy Cross. Also all fans with a ticket stub from the Navy-East Carolina football game on Saturday will receive free admission to Sunday's contest.
Mids Blue Out - All fans are encouraged to wear blue to support the Midshipmen.
Boys and Girls Club Night - All Boys and Girls Club members are invited to attend the game for $3 admission.
Family Night Out - For $20, a family receives four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks.
Senior Day - Celebrated Senior Day with the Navy soccer team as they honor the seniors' accomplishments.
Billy the Kid Day - All Billy the Kid members can attend this game for free. Show your membership ID at the gate.
Hot Chocolate Mug Giveaway - Keep the chill away by getting a free soccer mug, while supplies last. Feel free to fill it up with complimentary hot chocolate at the concession stand.