Women's Soccer and Army Battle in Regular-Season Finale on Friday
Oct. 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Despite clinching the regular-season title and the No. 1 overall seed in the Patriot League Tournament, Navy (15-3-0, 8-0-0 PL) will focus all its efforts against archrival Army (7-7-3, 3-3-2 PL) in the annual Star match on Friday, Nov. 1 in West Point, N.Y. Match is slated for 7 p.m. Live video for $9.95 and live statistics will be available on navysports.com.
• Navy holds a slight edge in the all-time series at 12-10-2. Both programs have alternated victories the past six seasons with the Mids winning the most recent match, 1-0, on Oct. 19, 2012.
• In the Star matches, Navy leads the series 10-7-2. The Mids have outscored the Black Knights, 26-15, in the Star matches.
• Navy and Army’s last match was decided by junior defender Jade Seabrook in the 72nd minute. Seabrook headed-in Julie Schumacher’s free-kick to give the Mids their 16th win of 2012 and stay unbeaten in League play (4-0-1).
• Army comes into Friday’s match with a 7-7-3 overall record and 3-3-2 in the Patriot League. The Black Knights clinched the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
• Currently, Army sits in sixth place with 11 points. With a win over Navy, the Black Knights could potentially leap-frog American (13 pts) and Bucknell (13 pts) for fourth place IF both teams lose on Saturday. The Black Knights hold the head-to-head advantage over Bucknell with a win earlier in the season, but tied American.
• Interestingly enough, the Black Knights have played better on the road (5-2-2) than on their home field (2-5-1). Army’s goal margin at home is +1 (9-8) and conversely it is +2 (12-10) on the road.
• Army’s offense is led by Kimberly An, who has 17 points on seven goals and three assists. An and Katie Holder each share a tie on the team in game-winning goals with two.
• Recently named Patriot League BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week Jordan Cassalia has done well in-between the pipes this season. Cassalia has recorded four shutouts and holds a 1.00 goals against average.Perfection in the
• In eight League contests, Navy has tallied wins in all of them, including 1-0 wins over defending Patriot League Tournament Champs Colgate and preseason favorite Boston University.
• Navy’s backline and goalkeeper have stifled the first eight Patriot League opponents it has seen, not allowing a single goal.
• If Navy defeats Army on Friday, the Mids will be the seventh team and the first since Colgate in 1997 in Patriot League history to finish the regular season undefeated.
• If Navy blanks Army on Friday, the Mids will be the first team in League history to not allow a single goal in regular-season play.
Clinched 8th Regular-Season Title
• Navy won its eighth Patriot League Regular-Season Title with the 3-0 win over Loyola on Sunday, Oct. 27. The Mids are the first team to win back-to-back regular-season titles since Bucknell (2006-07).
Gabarra’s Steady Success
• After Navy’s 1-0 win over Colgate, the Mids stretched their consecutive winning seasons to 19. Since the program began in 1993, Navy has recorded only two seasons with less than 10 wins.
• Navy clinched its eighth regular-season title on Sunday against Loyola. The Mids are second in Patriot League history behind Colgate (11) for most regular-season championships.
• Gabarra is the Patriot League’s all-time leader in wins with 271. Colgate’s Kathy Brawn (currently coaching) is second on the list with 257.
• She is also the League’s winningest coach with a .682 winning percentage (271-117-34).
• Freshman forward Cat Macklin and sophomore midfielder Courtney Mason scored their first collegiate goals against The Citadel on Sunday, Aug. 25.
• 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.
• Sophomore midfielder Lexi Ricketts recorded her first collegiate goal on Sunday, Oct. 27 against Loyola.
• Junior forward Morgan Dankanich is becoming more and more dangerous on offense to opposing defenses, having scored her sixth game-winning goal of the season against Lehigh on Wednesday, Oct 23.
• The Glenmoore, Pa. native leads the Patriot League in points (27) and goals (12).
• Dankanich recorded three goals, two against Bucknell and one against American, to garner the Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Hoerner is Honing In
• Goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner’s was placed on three different preseason honors and was named the team’s captain for 2013.
• The Lititz, Pa. native was recently named a finalist for the senior CLASS Award on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
• The senior goalkeeper has not disappointed this season, putting up career-best numbers through 17 games with a .873 save percentage and record of 14-3-0.
• Hoerner has posted a 0.44 goals against average through 17 games played, which ranks eighth in the nation. She has recorded nine shutouts and has combined with teammates Dayton Wetherby and Kalli Schulz for four more.
• Along with her teammate Hoerner, junior defender Jade Seabrook has been 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 13 shutouts.
• The St. Paris, Ohio native has seen little time on the bench, having played 1535 of the 1638 possible minutes.
• Seabrook tallied her first goal of the season which stood as the game-winner against Holy Cross. Following her performance, she was named the Patriot League BRINE Offensive Player of the Week.
• Following Navy’s two clean sheets against Lehigh and Loyola last week, Seabrook was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s Soccer Team of the Week, ending on Oct. 27. She was one of three defenders named to the 11-member squad.