Women's Soccer Hosts American in Patriot League Semifinal Match
Nov. 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - No. 1 seed Navy women's soccer (15-4, 8-1 Patriot League) hosts No. 5 American (4-8-2, 2-4-0 PL) in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals on Friday (3:30 PM) at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. The Mids/Eagles match can be seen live and for free on the Patriot League Digital Network with live statistics available as well. Joe Miller will take the play-by-play responsibilities.
Following Navy's contest against American, No. 2 seed Boston University will be the designated home team against No. 3 Colgate. The match is slated for 7:30 p.m. and will streamed live and for free on the Patriot League Network with live statistics available also. Joe Miller will also do the play-by-play for this match.
Last Time Out
Navy took its undefeated League record to West Point, N.Y. last Friday
Army tallied two quick goals in the first half, one in the 17th minute and one in the 43rd minute.
Navy was unable to record a goal and drop its first conference game.
° Navy holds a slight edge in the all-time series at 10-7-3. The Mids have won the last three contest and have outscored the Eagles, 6-2.
° This is the fourth time that both programs will face one another in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy has won two of the three contests.
° Navy and American's last tournament match was played on Nov. 9, 2007 in Lewisburg, Pa. The Mids went on to defeat the Eagles, 2-0. Bridgitte Fox gave Navy an early 1-0 in the 24th minute. Then in the 86th minute, she chipped in the Mids insurance goal to advance to the title game.
° The Mids and Eagles met on Oct. 8 at Reeves Field earlier this season. Navy's offense was clicking on all cylinders, accumulating 23 shots. Morgan Dankanich tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the 55th minute for her ninth goal of the season. Elizabeth Hoerner had one of her busiest days, recording six saves. American's Belanger tallied 11 saves on 12 chances.
° American, coming in as the No. 5 seed, tallied the tournament's first upset on Tuesday with a penalty-kick win (3-1) over No. 4 Army in West Point.
° The Eagles are led on offense by Linsday Muri, who has a team-best 13 points on six goals and one assist. Muri has recorded four-game winners.
° Goalkeeper Charlene Belanger is having a stellar junior campaign, having recorded six shutouts. Belanger leads the Patriot League with 108 saves and a .893 save percentage. The junior net-minder blanked the Black Knights for 110 minutes to help advance the Eagles to the Patriot League semifinal.
° American's offense has struggled to find the back of the net when it is away from Reeves Field. The Eagles have been outscored 10-3 on the road and blanked on seven occasions, holding a 2-5-2 record.
Navy's Patriot League Tournament History
Navy has reached the Patriot League Tournament 16 of 20 chances since it entered the conference in 1994. The Mids have played in 25 matches and own a 13-12 record. As the No. 1 seed, Navy is 4-4.
Senior forward Paloma Perez has recorded a team-best four goals in four career postseason matches. Navy is 2-0 when Perez tallies a goal in the PL Tournament.
The Mids are 5-8 against the three other contenders that are playing for the PL Title (Colgate: 3-7; American: 2-1; Boston U.: 0-0).
Patriot League Major Awards
Junior forward Morgan Dankanich was named the Offensive Player of the Year, junior defender Jade Seabrook was named the Defensive Player of the Year and senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named the Goalkeeper of the Year.
Dankanich garnered her first major soccer accolade, being named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the year. She is the first Navy player to win the award since Meggie Curran in 2006.
Seabrook and Hoerner defended their accolades for the second consecutive season.
Seabrook is the second Navy defender to win defender of the year honors in back-to-back seasons (Nicole Aunapu 1997-98) and third Navy defender to win the title twice in a career (Aunapu & Shelly Moeller 2006, 2008).
Hoerner became the second goalkeeper in Patriot League history to be chosen in back-to-back seasons as Goalkeeper of the Year (Lafayette's Lauren Smedley; 2010-11). Hoerner is the third Navy goalkeeper to be honored (Lizzie Barnes - 2006, '08; Beth Reed - 2009).
Navy senior team captain Elizabeth Hoerner grabbed her second straight major Patriot League women's soccer award this week when she was named the sport's scholar-athlete of the year, announced the league office on Wednesday.
Following Monday's announcement as the conference's Goalkeeper of the Year, Hoerner became the second Navy and third Patriot League women's soccer student-athlete to win the award in back-to-back seasons (Navy's Nicole Aunapu: 1997-98; Lafayette's Heidi Caruso: 1992-93). Since 1990, Navy has won the award six times, which is the most in league history (Aunapu: 1997-98; Kate Macfarlane: 2001; Lizzie Barnes: 2008; Beth Reed: 2009; Hoerner: 2012-13).
The Lititz, Pa. native was recently placed on the 2013 Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team. By virtue of the honor, the senior captain will now go on the ballot for national Academic All-America honors.
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).
Parking/Shuttle Information | Additional Game Day 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 one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and for one hour after. 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