Everyone expected a defensive battle Oct. 8 when Navy visited American and they didn’t leave disappointed. Middie Morgan Dankanich broke the deadlock in the 54th minute to give Navy a 1-0 win. It was her fourth game-winner of the season. Paloma Perez assisted on the play.
“We [American and Navy] both were fighting for first place and we knew we had to come out strong and I was happy the way we started out the game,” said head coach Carin Gabarra. “We want to play a good 90 minutes of soccer, unfortunately we have yet to string that together. Moving forward we need to work on a few things as a team to get better to get the results we are looking for.”
Navy improved to 14-2, 4-0 in the Patriot League.
Navy goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner had her most active day on the season, recording a season-high six saves on her way to her sixth shutout of the season. Hoerner and the Navy backline extended their streak of not allowing a goal in 605:52 minutes.
At the other end, AU’s Charlene Belanger, this week’s PL Goalkeeper of the Week, showed why she earned the honor, stopping 11 shots.
American (5-8-0, 3-1-0) looked for the equalizer in the last 15 minutes of the contest. In the 78th minute, the Eagles’ Ashley Bonner attempted a header at net, but it went high. Then the following two minutes, Bonner had two more chances on net. Her first shot was blocked by a Navy defender and the second was collected by Hoerner.