Women’s Soccer Begins Patriot League Tournament with Home Semifinal Tilt

Women’s Soccer Begins Patriot League Tournament with Home Semifinal Tilt

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s soccer team begins its quest for a third straight Patriot League Tournament title this Thursday night at home with a semifinal tilt versus the fourth-seeded Bucknell Bison. After going 11-5-3 with a 6-2-1 mark in Patriot League play, the second-seeded Mids will be looking to recreate the magic of their last two tournament appearances on Thursday and get one step closer to claiming the Patriot League title and a berth into the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Undefeated in its last eight games (6-0-2), Navy will have the home-field advantage on Thursday as the action will be hosted at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. The winner of the #2 Navy (11-5-3, 6-2-1 PL) and #4 Bucknell (9-7-3, 5-2-2 PL) semifinal will advance to the Patriot League Championship game on Sunday versus the winner of the #1 Boston-#6 Army matchup, that kicks off an hour after the Mids and Bison do at 7 p.m. in Boston. The highest remaining seed from the semifinals will host Sunday’s contest. Thursday’s action in Annapolis will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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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 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. 

Navy in the Patriot League Tournament

The Mids have now competed in 24 Patriot League Tournaments, including a current streak of 11 straight appearances starting with the 2011 tournament … All-time, Navy is 20-18-2 in 40 contests … In semifinal action, Navy is 13-8-1 … Navy and Bucknell have met five times in postseason play with the Bison holding a 3-2 edge; the Mids have won in 1995 (2-0) and 2007 (1-0) versus the Bison, while falling in 2001 (2-1, OT); 2015 (3-0) and 2017 (3-2) … Navy has won the Patriot League Tournament in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2019 and the spring of 2021 (2020-21 season).

Scouting the Competition


The Bison come into Thursday’s game with a 9-7-3 record and a 5-2-2 mark in Patriot League play with conference victories over Navy (Sept. 18, 4-2); American (Sept. 22, 3-0), Holy Cross (Oct. 3, 2-0); Lafayette (Oct. 9, 1-0) and Lehigh (Oct. 27, 1-0 OT). Their two ties came against top-seeded Boston (Oct. 16, 2-2) and third-seeded Loyola (Oct. 13, 1-1) … Bucknell closed its season with a 4-1-2 record over the month of October … Most recently, the Bison hosted the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 31 and came away with a 2-0 victory on the strength of two second-half goals. The contest consisted of 40 combined shots and 17 attempts on net with Bucknell’s goalkeeper Jenna Hall making seven saves … The Bison were picked ninth out of 10 teams in the Patriot League’s preseason coaches poll after going 1-2-2 in their abbreviated 2021 spring season.

Navy vs. Bucknell

Thursday will be the 34th meeting between the two schools in a series that began in Navy’s second year of varsity existence in 1994; all-time the Mids lead the Bison, 19-12-2 … In that Oct. 22, 1994 matchup, the Mids earned a 2-1 victory over the Bison … Since that initial contest, the series has gone in multi-year waves numerous times … From 1995 through 1999, Navy went 4-0-1 before the programs split six games between 2002 and 2007 with Navy winning the first three and Bucknell the later three … More recently, the Mids won four straight from 2011 to 2014 before going 1-3-1 from 2015 to 2017 and then winning three straight, including a 1-0 victory in Lewisburg this past March 31 by a score of 1-0 … In their 2021 regular season meeting in September, the Bison recorded a 4-2 victory over the Mids … All-time, Navy has outscored Bucknell, 52-35 and is 8-7-1 in games played in Annapolis.

Last 5 Matchups

In the last five matchups dating back to the 2017 Patriot League Finals, the Mids are 3-2-0 with a 9-7 advantage in scoring over that span.

    Sept. 18, 2021 (A): Bucknell 4 – Navy 2

    March 31, 2021 (A): Navy 1 – Bucknell 0

    Oct. 19, 2019 (H): Navy 1 – Bucknell 0, overtime

    Oct. 26, 2018 (A): Navy 3 – Bucknell 0

    Nov. 5, 2017 (H): Bucknell 3 – Navy 2 (Patriot League Finals)

Most Recent Matchup: September 18, 2021 in Lewisburg

The Navy women’s soccer team, the two-time defending Patriot League Champions, had an inauspicious start to league play on Saturday, Sept. 18 as the Mids dropped a 4-2 contest on the road at Bucknell. Playing at the Bison’s Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium, the Mids  found themselves in an early deficit as the host squad jumped ahead 1-0 in the fourth minute of play. Eventually down 3-0 early in the second half, Navy mounted a two-goal unanswered streak over the middle portion of the second period before Bucknell tallied a late insurance tally. Caitlin Doran was around both of the Mids’ goals as she scored the team’s first marker in the 60th minute before watching a shot of hers in the 82nd minute deflect off a Bison defender for an own goal.

The host Bison went up 1-0 in the fourth minute when Rylee Donaldson received a long ball over the top and dribbled in 1-on-1 towards goal before burying a shot into the far side of the net at 3:52. Bucknell extended its lead in the 25th minute as Kelley Francis recovered a loose ball in the box after a corner kick and powered a shot into the back of the net.


Coming off of a first half in which they recorded just three total shots, the Mids were much more active in the attacking third to start the second stanza as they took three shots within the first seven minutes of action. Navy’s third attempt was well built as Alexa Riddle dribbled up the left wing and found Jenna Daunt for a shot that was slightly off target. Unable to draw closer on the scoreboard after that initial run of play, the Mids saw the Bison increase their lead to 3-0 on the strength of Rylee Donaldson’s second goal of the game at 56:12.


Doran, Navy’s leading goal scorer so far in 2021, left her mark in the Mids’ second half offensive revival as she received a long, bouncing punt from Gallagher in stride and sprinted in untouched for a breakaway and a goal at 59:33. Less than five minutes later, she had eyes for the goal again though her shot rang off the crossbar. After 20 minutes off looking for a second goal, Doran played a leading role in Navy’s second score as she put a looping ball towards the net that was seemingly going wide until a Bucknell defender deflected the ball past her own goalkeeper for an own goal at 81:10.


With the Mids edging closer at 3-2 and less than 10 minutes left in regulation, the host Bison put the game out of reach with an insurance goal in the 86th minute.


For the game, Bucknell outshot Navy, 17-10 with an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. The Bison also held an 8-3 edge in corner kick opportunities.

Comparing the Teams

2021 Stats Navy Bucknell
Record 11-5-3, 6-2-1 PL    9-7-3, 5-2-2 PL
Goals/Gm 1.74 1.47
Assists/Gm 1.53 1.63
Shots/Gm 14.8 16.4
Goals Against Average 1.02 1.37
GK Saves/Gm 4.0 5.0

Individual Leaders

Navy Bucknell
Goals Riddle, 9 Donaldson, 10
Assists Dawson/Riddle, 5 Deda, 12
Points Riddle, 23 Donaldson, 21
Shots Riddle, 51 Donaldson, 59
GK Saves Gallagher, 70 Hall, 94

Last Time Out: October 27 vs. Lafayette
With seeding for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament up for grabs on Wednesday night, the Navy women’s soccer team knew that with a win the Mids would clinch bye into the semifinals and potentially lock up the regular season title depending on the outcome of the Boston University-Army matchup. It didn’t take long for the home fans at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility to recognize that the Mids were on a mission as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Leopards within the first seven minutes courtesy of a pair of Alexa Riddle goals. A Katie Herrmann goal in the second half and a late penalty kick conversion by Lafayette sent the game into the record books with a 3-1 final score. With Navy’s victory and Boston’s 2-1 win at Army, the Terriers held on for the number one seed, while the Mids finished one point back in second place.
The action started at a breakneck pace as Riddle put the Mids up 1-0 at 5:01. Starting with a Mattie Gallagher goal kick, Herrmann chested the ball down to Jenna Daunt on her right. Without hesitation Daunt one-timed a chip shot over Lafayette’s defense and into space for the sprinting Riddle, who went one-on-one for the final 25 yards and calmly slotted a low shot past Lafayette’s goalkeeper, Lindsay Dewar.
Less than two minutes later, Riddle found herself in a similar position as this time Chloe Dawson lofted a high arching pass from beyond midfield towards Riddle near the 18. After a slight deflection off a Lafayette defender, Riddle gathered the ball in stride and dribbled into the six-yard box before unleashing a shot into the lower left corner of the goal at 6:50.
After 45 minutes of action, Navy was ahead on the scoreboard, 2-0 with a dominant 13-1 advantage in total shots and a 6-1 edge in shots on goal.
Coming out of the halftime intermission, the Mids continued pressing for a third goal as Jeana Freeman and Riddle both recorded shots on goal within the first nine minutes of the second half. Navy’s third shot on goal of the half resulted in a score as Herrmann gathered a loose ball following a corner kick and slotted a shot through a trio of Lafayette defenders at 58:29.
With the game in hand at 3-0, Gallagher helped her side continue its shutout effort with saves in the 60th and 80th minutes.
A late penalty kick was awarded to Lafayette in the 86th minute following a handball by Navy. Dowd brought the final score to a 3-1 margin as she converted the penalty kick.
For the game, Navy outshot Lafayette, 19-7 with a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Mids’ defense didn’t allow the Leopards to record a corner kick during Wednesday night’s contest.

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