Leopards Set to Make Capital Stops at American and Navy
Oct. 19, 2006
EASTON, Pa.- (www.lafayette.edu) - Coming off a 1-0 non-conference victory on the road against Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday afternoon, the Lafayette women's soccer team will look to ride that momentum into the weekend with a pair of road Patriot League games at American on Friday Oct. 20 and Sunday Oct. 22 at Navy. The weekend set is the final road contests of the season for the Leopards, as they will finish the 2006 regular season at Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium on Oct. 27 against Army.
Senior tri-captain Trista Burke, who has started all 65 games of her Leopard career, tallied the game's only goal on Tuesday, when she headed a Lauren Hinkel into the back of the goal 49 seconds into overtime. The goal was the defender's second of the season and third of her career.
Head coach Mick Statham was encouraged by the play of his defense against the Mount.
"I thought our back four were very solid on Tuesday," Statham said. "Caitlin Uff played a magnificent game. We'll need the same effort from our backs this weekend."
American enters Friday's contest with a 8-6-1 overall record, along with a 2-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles are led offensively by senior forward Jana Lee. Lee has tallied 15 points in her 2006 campaign, recording six goals and three assists on the year. Sophomore midfielder Katelynn Donovan has also been vital to the AU success this season. Donovan has tallied five goals and two assists on the season, providing a strong 1-2 punch for the Eagles. In goal, senior Alison Doyle has been in between the posts of every minute this season. Doyle brings a 1.18 goals against average and 53 saves on the season into Friday's contest with the Leopards.
Navy has gained national recognition, as the Midshipmen enter a home weekend set against Lafayette and Lehigh ranked No. 17 by Soccer America. The Mids are led by this week's Brine Offensive Player of the Week Brigitte Fox. Fox has totaled three game winning goals in 2006. Fellow forward Maggie Curran comes into the weekend with 32 points on the season coming off nine goals and 14 assists. In net, Navy is led by Lizzie Barnes, who has picked up nine solo shutouts on the season and is currently first in the country with a goals against average of 0.08 and a .979 save percentage. The Midshipmen have not surrendered a goal to the opposition in the last 671 minutes of action.
Statham sees this weekend's twin bill as another challenge to his squad establishing the next level.
"I think we all understand that staying close in games is not good enough," Statham said. "Our mark of improvement will be when we find ways to win the close games consistently." Kick-off to Friday night's game at American is 7 p.m., while Sunday afternoon's game at Navy's Glenn Warner Soccer Facility is scheduled for 1 p.m.
NOTE: Fans traveling to Annapolis this weekend are reminded to either park outside the Yard and walk onto campus with a photo ID or park at the football stadium and take a shuttle to the field. Parking at the stadium costs 10 dollars.
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