Navy to Host Lehigh Friday in Patriot League Semifinals
Morgan Dankanich has scored 10 goals
Nov. 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The top-seeded Navy women's soccer team (18-1-1, 6-0-1 PL) will host the Patriot League tournament this weekend at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. No. 2 Colgate will play No. 3 American at 3:00 PM Friday and Navy will host No. 4 Lehigh at 7:00 PM Friday. The semifinal winners will meet Sunday at 2:00 PM in the Patriot League final with an NCAA Tournament automatic berth at stake.
Live statistics and live video will be available on NavySports.com for all three games. Joe Miller will be on the play-by-play on Navy All-Access. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for youth. Only one ticket is needed for the Friday doubleheader.
Navy earned the right to host the Patriot League tournament with an unbeaten conference regular season of 6-0-1. It marked the fourth time in program history Navy has finished the regular season unbeaten and the team is seeking its fourth NCAA Tournament berth and first since 2007. This will mark the fourth time Navy has hosted the postseason tournament at home, where the Mids are 12-1-0 this season.
Head coach Carin Gabarra has led Navy to 18 wins, which are the most in the NCAA this season and the Mids are also the nation's leaders in winning percentage (.925). Navy holds the nation's longest current unbeaten streak at 19 games (18-0-1).
The Mids have excelled on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field in 2012. Navy leads the Patriot League and ranks ninth in the nation in scoring offense with 2.55 goals per game and the team leads the Patriot League with an 0.89 goals-against average.
Navy defeated Lehigh 1-0 in overtime at home during the regular season. Freshman midfielder Kaylie Davidson (Oceanside, Calif.) scored off a corner kick in the 99th minute and junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner (Lititz, Pa.) earned the shutout.
Davidson and Hoerner were also instrumental in Navy's most recent win, a 1-0 shutout of Bucknell last Saturday. Davidson scored the game's lone goal in the 44th minute and Hoerner earned her fourth shutout of the season. For their efforts, Hoerner was named the league's goalkeeper of the week and Davidson earned her fourth rookie of the week accolade.
Navy has made a habit of winning close games all season and the team is 12-0 in one-goal games. All six of Navy's Patriot League victories were by a one-goal margin.
Junior forward Ashlynn Soellner (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) leads Navy with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists and sophomore forward Morgan Dankanich (Glenmoore, Pa.) is second with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Junior forward Paloma Perez (Mobile, Ala.) ranks third with 18 points (5 goals, 8 assists) and Davidson is fourth with 17 points on seven goals and three assists.
Hoerner is 16-1-1 with a 1.07 goals-against average and .800 save percentage. In Patriot League play Hoerner is 6-0-1 with an 0.55 GAA and .875 save percentage.
Also aiding Hoerner on Navy's defensive backline has been starters Jade Seabrook (St. Paris, Ohio), Julie Schumacher (Plantation, Fla.), Emily Wilkin (Westerville, Ohio) and Kahra Kelty (Odenton, Md.).
This is Navy's 15 appearance in the Patriot League postseason tournament and the team is 9-5 in semifinal games. Navy won the tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2003, 2006 and 2007.
Lehigh (5-12) overcame an 0-4 start to Patriot League play by winning three straight games against Bucknell, Colgate and Holy Cross to finish the league slate at 3-4 with nine points. The Mountain Hawks tied for fourth place with Army and Bucknell, but won the tiebreaker on the strength of its victory over second-place Colgate.
Lehigh ranks sixth of eight teams in the league with 1.12 goals per game and is eight in goals-against average (1.88).
Murphee Greely leads Lehigh with 12 points on five goals and two assists and Darby Wiegand is second on the team with four goals. Goalkeeper Ani Nahapetian has emerged as the late-season starter for Lehigh, leading the team to its three straight conference victories. Nahapetian has five starts overall and holds a 1.69 goals-against average and .774 save percentage.
Navy is 13-4-4 all-time against Lehigh and 1-0 in Patriot League postseason play. Navy defeated Lehigh, 2-0, in the semifinals in Annapolis in 2006. Lehigh's lone tournament title came in 2010.
Parking and Shuttle Information
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 the first game, throughout the entire doubleheader on Friday and for one hour after the second 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.