Women's Soccer Hosts Bucknell with Patriot League Title on the Line
|GAME 19: BUCKNELL (10-7, 7-1 PL) at NAVY (14-3-1, 7-0-1 PL)|
||Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:00 PM|
|Location||Glenn Warner Soccer Facility|
|Game Notes||Navy Media Notes|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instagram|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The 2017 Patriot League regular season women's soccer title will be on the line this Saturday night in Annapolis as the first-place Navy Midshipmen (14-3-1, 7-0-1 PL) will host the second-place Bucknell Bison (10-7, 7-1 PL) on Senior Day. Following a pregame ceremony to honor the Mids' Class of 2018, the two teams will battle it out for the regular season crown and hosting duties for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Navy comes in unbeaten over its last 11 games (10-0-1), while Bucknell has posted a nearly as an impressive 11-game mark at 9-2 overall. Kickoff at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility is set for 7:00 PM.
Both live stats and video will be available for Saturday's game.
The math for Saturday night's matchup is fairly straight forward for the Mids (7-0-1 PL) and Bison (7-1 PL) ... Coming into the contest the two teams are locked into the top-two seeds for the Patriot League Tournament (Nov. 3 & Nov. 5) ... Navy is currently up in the standings by one point (22-21) so either a win or tie will clinch the title for the Mids ... A Bison victory will give their squad the title and force the Mids to travel to Lewisburg, Pa. next week.
Navy vs. Bucknell
• Saturday will be the 28th meeting between the two schools in a series that began in Navy’s second year of varsity existence in 1994 ... In that Oct. 22, 1994 matchup, the Mids earned a 2-1 victory over the Bison ... Since that initial contest, the series has gone in multi-year waves numerous times ... From 1995 through 1999, Navy went 4-0-1 before the programs split six games between 2002 and 2007 with Navy winning the first three and Bucknell the later three ... More recently, the Mids won four straight from 2011 to 2014 before going 0-2-1 in their last three matchups ... Bucknell ended Navy’s season in 2015 before taking a 2-1 overtime win in 2016 ... The two teams have met four times in Patriot League Tournament play with each coming away with two victories ... All-time, Navy has outscored Bucknell, 41-27 and is 7-5-1 in games played in Annapolis.
• Last season in Annapolis, Navy and Bucknell battled into overtime before the visiting Bison came away with a 2-1 golden goal victory 22 seconds into the extra period ... Scoreless at halftime, Bucknell broke the draw 47 seconds into the second half ... With the score 1-0, Eleanor Pratt found Karli Sottung inside the box for a goal in the 54th minute ... Over the final 36 minutes of regulation neither side was able to break the tie and the game moved into overtime where Bucknell won in a walk-off ... For the game, Navy outshot Bucknell, 17-8, while the Bison held an advantage in shots on goal, 6-3.
• Amongst returning players, Clare MacAdam and Sottung have netted goals versus Bucknell with MacAdam scoring twice in 2014 and Sottung once in 2016 ... In terms of assists, Pratt and her helper in 2016 is the only returning assist for Navy ... Megan Rogers is active leader in minutes played against Bucknell since 2014 with 315 minutes on the field out of a potential 380.
LAST 5 MATCHUPS:
In the last five matchups dating back to 2013, the Mids are 2-2-1 and have outscored the Bison, 6-5
Oct. 8, 2016: Bucknell 2 - Navy 1, 1ot
Nov. 6, 2015: Bucknell 3 - Navy 0 (Patriot League Semifinals)
Oct. 10, 2015: Navy 0 - Bucknell 0
Oct. 10, 2014: Navy 3 - Bucknell 0
Oct. 11, 2013: Navy 2 - Bucknell 0
Common 2017 Opponents
|Tennessee||L, 0-1||L, 0-1|
|American||W, 2-0||W, 4-0|
||T, 0-0||W, 3-0|
|Boston U.||W, 1-0||W, 2-1|
|Colgate||W, 2-1||L, 2-3|
||W, 2-1||W, 3-0|
|Lafayette||W, 1-0||W, 1-0|
|Lehigh||W, 2-0||W, 2-1|
|Loyola||W, 4-0||W, 3-0|
Comparing the Teams
|Patriot League Record||7-0-1||7-1|
|Goals||Ash Fairow / Eleanor Pratt, 9||Kendall Ham, 8|
|Assists||Baseley McClaskey, 8||Meghan Holtz, 5|
|Points||Fairow / Pratt, 19||Ham, 19|
|Shots||Clare MacAdam, 35||Ham, 45|
|GK Saves||Sydney Fortson, 68||Dani Kaufman, 90|
What 2 Watch 4
• Navy comes into Saturday with the Patriot League’s highest scoring offense with 2.06 goals scored per game ... During the Mids’ current ten-game unbeaten streak (10-0-1), they’ve tallied 26 goals with 16 coming in the second half of contests
• Defensively, Navy gave up its first goal since Sept. 15, last Saturday at Colgate, concluding its shutout streak of 719:21 straight minutes (seven-plus games)
• Navy has clinched a spot in the Patriot League postseason for the seventh straight year ... Currently, the Mids are atop the standings with a 7-0-1 records and 22 points; Bucknell is second at 7-1 (21 pts)
• The Mids are ranked 14th in the most recent United Soccer Coaches East Regional Poll, this is the sixth straight week that they’ve been ranked in the top-15 ... Amongst non-ACC teams in the region they’re number five behind (4) Princeton, (10) Hofstra, (12) La Salle & (13) Saint Louis
• 17 of Navy’s 23 field players have recorded points in 2017 with seven having eight or more points
• Junior forward Ash Fairow is second in the NCAA Division I with seven game-winning goals
• Junior defender Baseley McClaskey is 13th in DI with eight assists
• Sophomore goalie Sydney Fortson is 19th with eight shutouts
• Navy is 14-0 this season when scoring at least one goal ... All three of the team’s losses (and one tie) have come via shutouts ... Another note on their defeats, the Mids’ three opponents in those losses are a combined 35-11-4 in 2017
Prior to the game at approximately, 6:50 PM, the Navy women's soccer program will honor the seven members of its senior class ... Over the past four years the class of F Clare MacAdam, F Madeline Ostrowski, M Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan, M Meghan Hegarty, D Liza Harris, D Megan Rogers and team manager Max Cherry have posted a 46-25-12 (.627) record and qualified for the Patriot League Tournament in each and every season, reaching the semifinals in all four, as well.
Parking / Shuttle Information
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting at 6:00 PM, one hour prior to the game and will continue running until one hour after the game is completed. Fans 18 and over need a government-issued photo ID. Enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. to park at the stadium. Dogs are not permitted inside the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.