ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy scored just before halftime, then added a goal in the second half to defeat Patriot League defending women's soccer champion Army in the "Star" Match, 2-0, before a record crowd of 2,627 fans Friday evening at Glenn Warner Stadium. The Black Knights, suffering their first league loss of the season, slipped to 5-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference, while the Midshipmen improved to 10-2-2 and 1-0-1 in the league.
The Midshipmen's lone shot on goal in the first half with just 25 seconds left to intermission found its way into the Army net when Stephanie Lomeli lofted the ball to the far left post. The Midshipmen added an insurance goal in the second half when Carissa Youker beat goalkeeper Alex Lostetter one-on-one at the 63:16 mark after splitting two defenders.
"We gave up the first goal with just seconds left in the first half and it was very unfortunate," noted coach Stefanie Golan. "We had four shots on goal in the first half and Navy had just one. We wanted to keep the ball in our end the last five minutes of the half, but Navy countered.
"This loss hurts and it is not fun, but we want Navy to take care of business and we will do the same because there are a lot of league matches remaining. Hopefully we will have another opportunity to meet them in the playoffs. Right now we have to get ready for American on Sunday."
Four of Army's five shots in the first half were on goal with Navy keeper Beth Reed warding off all four attempts - two by freshman Paige Alexander along with shots by Carlie Turnnidge and Kelley Robbins. Reed addd a save in the second half in finishing with five.
After Navy scored their second goal of the game, Army ripped off back-to-back shots by Alexander and Liz Betterbed, but the first was high and the second was blocked. They were the last shots taken by Army and Navy's last shot of the game came three minutes later as the Black Knights and Midshipmen kept each other in check in an intense battle that resulted in seven fouls over the final 20 minutes.
Navy, the preseason favorite and defending regular-season champions, outshot the Black Knights 5-3 in the second half with three on goal as the Midshipmen ended the game with a 13-8 advantage along with turning in a 5-1 margin in corner kicks.
Army, near the end of a five-game road slate, will look to rebound Sunday when it visits American for a 1 p.m. match. The Black Knights and Eagles have battled to 0-0 double overtime draws in their last two matches while four of the last five games were overtime ties. American holds a 4-1-4 advantage in the series and is unbeaten at Reeves Field. Army's lone win in the rivalry was a 2-1 victory at West Point in 2002.
NOTES: Navy pulled ahead 10-8-2 in the series along with showing a 6-4-0 mark in Annapolis ... the loss snapped Army's two-match series unbeaten streak in its first loss to the Midshipmen since 2007... senior co-captain Brittany Fearnside drew her first start of the season after starting the game at forward ... freshman Paige Alexander, who has draw duty in all 13 games, booted a game-high five shots with three on goal.