Navy Holds Off Women's Soccer in 1-0 Decision
Sept. 28, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - A 75th minute goal for Navy's Morgan Dankanich proved to be the difference as the Midshipmen edged Lafayette 1-0 in the Leopards' home Patriot League opener on Saturday afternoon at Oaks Stadium.
"I thought it was a great game against a great team," head coach Mick Statham said. "At halftime I felt that maybe one goal would win the game and full credit goes to Navy because they found a way to get the goal. I'm very encouraged with the team's efforts and I think there's much more to come from this group."
Navy (9-2-0, 2-0-0) nearly took the lead eight minutes into the match when it earned a free kick 30 yards from the Lafayette goal. Rachel Hunter took it and put a shot on goal, but the attempt rang off the crossbar above Danielle Sedillo and the game remained scoreless to that point.
The game was tied going into halftime with Sedillo making three stops in the opening 45 minutes. One of her saves came on Lexi Ricketts, who took three shots after coming on as a substitute in the 26th minute. Shortly after entering, Ricketts' best look was a header that sailed just wide as a result of a free kick.
The best opportunity through the first 55 minutes came when Navy broke out in transition down the right side. Paloma Perez fired a right-footed shot and forced Sedillo to make a save that rebounded toward the center of the penalty area, where two Lafayette defenders converged and sent the loose ball out for a corner kick. Sedillo was active again on the corner and snatched the service out of the air.
The Leopards (4-4-1, 0-2-0) mounted some pressure in the 68th minute when Allie Torru sent a long ball over the top of the Navy defense for Jaclyn Giordano. The Leopards' striker ran onto the ball, but sent a shot wide of the goal. Minutes after Alyssa Finelli put a shot on goal that was handled by Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner, Kaelin King found herself in behind the back four. King was bumped off the ball after some contact from behind, but play continued as Hoerner scooped up the loose ball.
Navy got the decisive goal in the 75th minute when Dankanich pounced on a bouncing ball in front of Lafayette's goal. Ashlynn Soellner directed the ball off the crossbar with a flick from the near post before it bounced in front for Dankanich's right-footed volley.
Sedillo finished with a career-high six saves in goal for Lafayette, while Hoerner had one on the other end. The Mids held a 7-1 cushion in shots on goal and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Lafayette returns to action on Wednesday when travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to challenge Lehigh. Kickoff from the Ulrich Sports Complex is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Navy has won three consecutive games against Lafayette.