A couple of local women’s soccer teams earned spots in the Patriot League tournament Nov. 2 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and can be purchased on NavySports.com.
Navy (18-1-1, 6-0-1 PL) claimed the outright conference regular season championship with a 1-0 victory over Bucknell (10-9-0, 3-4-0 PL) Oct. 27 at in Annapolis. No. 1 Navy will host No. 4 Lehigh at 3 pm and No. 2 Colgate will take on No. 3 American at 7 pm.
Kaylie Davidson netted the game-winning goal and junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner earned the shutout on Saturday as Navy remained unbeaten in its last 19 games (18-0-1). The Mid’s 18 wins are the second most in a single season in program history.
Davidson dribbled the ball in on the right side, made a cutback move to create space on her defender and took a left-footed shot from 15 yards out that clipped the cross bar on the far side of the goal and dropped into the corner of the net in the 44th minute.
This is the fourth time in program history that Navy has gone unbeaten (6-0-1) during the Patriot League portion of its schedule and its league winning percentage .929 is the best in school history.
American University rallied to a 2-2 double overtime draw with Colgate in the regular season finale Oct. 27 at Reeves Field. The Eagles closed the conference campaign with a 4-2-1 record and qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2009.
A victory would have earned AU the second seed.
Colgate (10-5-3, 5-1-1 PL) tallied the match’s first two goals, one in the 19th minute when Kelsey Hough converted a long-range shot off a pass from Caroline Brawner. The Raiders took a 2-0 advantage in the 54th minute on Jillian Kinter’s 13th strike of the season. It came off a cross from Catherine Williams at 53:26.
The Eagles tied the match in the 83rd minute on Lindsay Muri’s first goal of the season. Sam Trotta set up the play with a shot off the goal post, which deflected to Muri in front of the goal. Muri converted the open score and knotted the match at two.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, American (6-9-2, 4-2-0 PL) cut Colgate’s lead in half when Carleigh Morba knocked home her first goal of the year at 70:09. Michelle Montilio fed a long pass down the field to Morba, who slid a shot from 10 yards out to the far post.
Bowie High School alum Theresa Callahan and Mount Vernon alum Charlene Belanger split time in goal for the Eagles with each making one save.