Matchup of Patriot League Women’s Soccer Favorites on Tap for Saturday

Matchup of Patriot League Women’s Soccer Favorites on Tap for Saturday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Coming off one of its most complete team efforts of the 2021 season, the Navy women’s soccer team will look to build off its momentum from Wednesday’s 2-0 road win over Loyola when it welcomes fellow Patriot League favorite, Boston University to Annapolis on Saturday. Picked first in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, the Mids (5-4-1, 1-1 PL) will go head-to-head versus a Terrier (4-5-1, 1-1 PL) squad that was picked second in the poll after reaching the league’s semifinals last season. After not meeting during the abridged 2020-21 season, Navy and Boston will rekindle a rival that has seen the teams split the last four games, 2-2 with all contests decided by one goal. Saturday’s tilt is slated to kick off at 12 p.m. at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. The game is the second in a run of three in a row for Navy against teams that were in the Patriot League Tournament this past April.

The Navy-BU game will have live stats provided online, as well as be streamed via the ESPN+ platform. ESPN+ is a subscription-based streaming service that requires patrons to sign-up for monthly or yearly plans prior to tuning into the contest.

Parking / Shuttle / Ticket / Masking 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 the game and will continue running until one hour after the game is completed. Fans 18 and over need a government-issued photo ID. Enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. to park at the stadium. Dogs are not permitted inside the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. All soccer contests at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility will be free of charge. Masks will not be required for vaccinated individuals while unvaccinated fans are asked to wear a mask if they are unable to maintain proper social distancing. Additionally, all fans will be required to wear a mask during their trip on the shuttle, regardless of vaccination status. 

Scouting the Competition

Boston University

The Terriers come into Saturday’s game with a 4-5-1 record with victories over Northeastern (Aug. 19, 2-0); Rhode Island (Sept. 5, 1-0); New Hampshire, Sept. 12, 2-1); Lafayette, Sept. 18, 2-1) to their name … One of Boston’s losses came against national #23 Harvard, 3-0; two more defeats were against teams ranked in the United Soccer Coaches’ East Regional Top-10; #7 Providence and #10 UMass … Most recently, the Terriers dropped a 1-0 decision at home to the Colgate Raiders; they were outshot 15-7 … Boston was picked second out of 10 teams in the Patriot League’s preseason coaches poll after going 2-2-1 in their abbreviated 2021 spring season.

Navy vs. Boston

Saturday will be the 11th meeting between the two schools in a series that began with Boston joining the Patriot League for the 2013 season … Since Sept. 20, 2013, the Terriers lead the series 7-3 and have outscored the Mids, 10-4 all-time … After winning the first-ever matchup at home in 2013 by a 1-0 score, the Mids dropped six straight, including three postseason bouts before flipping the script in 2017 with a 1-0 victory in Annapolis … Eight of the 10 contests between the schools have had one-goal margins of victory, while the other two were by two goals (Nov. 7, 2014 & Oct. 29, 2016) … Navy’s three wins in this series have all come at home.

Last 5 Matchups

Dating back to 2015, the Mids are 2-3 and have been outscored by the Terriers, 5-3

    Oct. 26, 2019 (H): Navy 1 – Boston 0, 2 OT

    Oct. 5, 2018 (A): Boston 1 – Navy 0

    Oct. 2, 2017 (H): Navy 1 – Boston 0

    Nov. 4, 2016 (N): Boston 2 – Navy 1 (Patriot League Semifinals)

    Oct. 29, 2016 (A): Boston 2 – Navy 0

Most Recent Matchup: October 26, 2019 in Annapolis
Navy continued playing its brand of crisp soccer on Oct. 26 and for the seventh time in nine games, the team came away with a 1-0 victory as the Mids knocked off the Boston University Terriers in a double overtime contest at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Playing its second overtime game in three games, the Mids came away victorious on the strength of a Baseley McClaskey golden goal in the 106th minute. The Mids’ sixth shutout in conference play helped the team secured the 2019 Patriot League regular season title.

The opening of the game saw both teams feel each other out with three shots each over the first 20 minutes. Boston University looked to break onto the scoreboard first when Anna Heilferty put a shot towards goal, but rang it off the crossbar in the ninth minute. Navy responded with a high percentage look of its own in the ensuing 10 minutes as Kaitlyn McKeown hit a curling shot with a high arch towards the upper-90 before the Terriers’ goalie Morgan Messner lept up to make the save.

The even play continued over the remainder of the first half as each squad recorded three shots. Victoria Tran and Carolyn Mang both tested Messner with shots on goal, but were denied. Tran’s effort was particularly notable as she carried the ball through BU’s defense with a series of scissor dribbles before unleashing a shot at the top of the 18-yard box that required a long stretch by Messner to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

Coming out of the locker room to start the second half with the game deadlocked at 0-0, Navy picked up its offensive pace and intensity as the Mids controlled the majority of the possession and tallied the better scoring opportunities. Cadie Higginson may have had the best look of the second half as she gained possession of the bounding ball following service from a free kick and ripped a shot on goal that passed Messner, but was swept await at the last moment by a Boston defender at the goal line for a team save in the 70th minute. Less than eight minutes later, Alex Jackson came through with Navy’s own team save as she turned aside a Chloee Sagmoe shot on goal that had beat Sydney Fortson.

After 90 minutes of hard-fought, edge of your seat action, the fans at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility were treated to overtime soccer for the second consecutive home contest. Similar to last week’s Saturday morning showdown versus Bucknell, Navy came out in the extra time with a nose for the goal. Within the first 3:30 of the first overtime period, the Mids had already tallied three shots, though all were just a bit off target and away from danger for Boston’s defense. The visitors best chance to secure the sudden victory golden goal came in the 95th minute when Shannon Keefe’s shot rang off the crossbar.

Those first 10 minutes were not enough to decide a victor and the game moved onto a second overtime period. Unlike the first period of extra time, the second period saw fewer scoring chances as neither team recorded a shot for the first five-plus minutes. All of that changed at 105:33 when Kristina Dzhandzhapanyan found space in the box to loft a light cross towards the mouth of the goal to a waiting McClaskey, who headed home the ball for the sudden victory golden goal.

For the game, Navy outshot Boston, 21-11 with a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Mids’ pressure in the attacking third resulted in five corner kicks on Saturday versus two for the Terriers.

Comparing the Teams

2021 Stats Navy Boston U.
Record 5-4-1, 1-1-0 PL 4-5-1, 1-1-0 PL
Goals/Gm 1.50 1.10
Assists/Gm 1.30 0.90
Shots/Gm 13.9 9.3
Goals Against Average 1.27 1.66
GK Saves/Gm 3.9 4.1

Individual Leaders

Navy Boston U.
Goals Doran, 5 Berry, 3
Assists Dawson/McCaleb, 3 Oldham, 5
Points Doran, 10 Oldham, 9
Shots Doran/Riddle, 20 Oldham, 16
GK Saves Gallagher, 38 Braun, 21

Last Time Out: September 22 at Loyola

The Navy women’s soccer team had an emphatic answer to a tough Patriot League result this past weekend at Bucknell as the Mids came out Wednesday night and netted two set piece goals, while holding Loyola without a shot on goal in a 2-0 victory at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Unfazed by a 30-minute delay due to lightning in the Baltimore area, the Mids (5-4-1, 1-1 PL) came out and played a vintage brand of Navy Women’s Soccer with purposeful quick-strike offense and stifling team defense against a Greyhound (4-5-1, 1-1 PL) team, that they have met in each of the past two Patriot League Tournaments. Caitlin Doran and Kassidy Borden spearheaded Navy’s offensive efforts with goals in the 28th and 75th minutes of play, respectively.

As expected in a matchup of competitive local rivals, who have played three one-goal games and two more double overtime draws over their last five meetings, the majority of the early action between the Mids and Greyhounds was in the midfield with just four combined shots over the opening 25 minutes of play with two shots credited to each side. The game’s first swing of momentum took a turn in the visitors’ favor less than three minutes later. Entering the game off the bench at 26:29, Doran immediately left her mark as she flicked in a low line drive corner kick from Sadie McCaleb at 27:11.

With Navy ahead 1-0, the Mids’ defense helped hold the Greyhounds off the scoreboard the rest of the half as Chloe Dawson made a sliding block of a Kelly Hutton shot in the 31st minute before Mattie Gallagher came off her line to intercept a curling cross in the 40th.

Coming out of the locker room trailing by one, the Greyhounds took aim at the Mids’ goal as within the first five minutes of the second half they struck a deep looping corner kick that forced Gallagher to leap into the scrum of bodies at the six-yard box and snag the cross before the Greyhounds could square up a shot.

Not willing to rest on its one-goal lead, Navy tested Loyola’s goalkeeper Paige Sim with a pair of shots towards the upper half of the goal. Jenna Daunt was the first Midshipmen to record a shot on goal in the 62nd minute before Dawson nearly snuck her shot under the crossbar if not for Sim leaping up and pushing the shot over in the 67th. Navy’s third shot on goal of the period left its mark when Borden lined with a free kick a few yards inside the midfield stripe and ripped a shot the bounced just inside the six-yard box and one-hopped Sim into the back of the net at 74:57.

Up 2-0, the Mids suffocated all of the Greyhounds’ remaining offensive looks as Loyola was unable to muster any shots over the final 15 minutes of play.

In the victory, Navy outshot Loyola, 12-5 with a 5-0 advantage in shots on goal. The host Greyhounds earned seven corner kicks versus three for the Mids.

Credit: Source link