Oct. 9, 2015
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s soccer team (7-4-3, 1-0-3 Patriot League) takes its seven-match unbeaten streak into Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to face Bucknell (6-5-2, 2-1-1 PL) on Saturday at Emmitt Field. Bucknell sits in a three-way tie for second play with seven points, while Navy is fifth with six points.
Navy-Bucknell’s match will be streamed live for free on PatriotLeague.TV. Live statistics will be available on navysports.com.
KEY NOTES FOR BUCKNELL:
• Bucknell has began the season with a 6-5-2 overall and a 2-1-1 mark in league play.
• The Bison have played their best soccer at home with a perfect 5-0 record and have outscored their opponent, 13-1, with four shutouts.
• Against league opponents at Emmitt Field, Bucknell is 2-0 and has outscored its opponent, 4-1, defeating Holy Cross, 2-0 and Colgate, 2-1.
• Sophomore Kendall Ham has been the Bison offensive catalyst, generating 17 points on eight goals and one assist. She tallied the game-winning goals against Holy Cross in the 30th minute and Iona in the ninth minute,
• Junior goalkeeper Jessica Ratner has started every minute in net for the Bison, tallying a 1.19 goals-against average with a .797 save percentage and a league-high five shutouts.
ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS THE BISON:
• Navy leads the all-time series over Bucknell, 15-8-1.
• The Mids hold a 9-3 mark against the Bison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, outscoring Bucknell, 19-8
• Navy has shutout Bucknell in the last four meetings, including Dayton Wetherby recording a three-save shutout in 83:41 minutes in last season’s match at Annapolis.
• Clare MacAdam found success against the Bison last year, tallying two goals en route to Navy’s 3-0 victory at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Rachel Feldman chipped in with tally, as well.
LAST TIME OUT
• Navy and Holy Cross ended 0-0 in 110 minutes of play in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was the first time in 15 matches against the Crusaders that the Mids did not record a win.
• Dayton Wetherby stood strong in net for Navy, tallying a five-save shutout for her second-straight clean sheet.
• Navy held offensive advantages over Holy Cross in shots, 15-12 and shots on net, 9-5. Both teams recorded six corner kicks each. The scoreless tie extended Navy’s unbeaten streak to seven consecutive matches.
• After allowing a league-low 1.83 goals per game through 12 matches, Navy has stepped up its defensive game in the last two league matches.
• The Mids recorded back-to-back shutouts, defeating Lehigh, 1-0 and tying Holy Cross, 0-0. Dayton Wetherby tallied her first two shutouts of the season with a two-save shutout over the Mountain Hawks and a five-save clean sheet versus the Crusaders.
• Senior team captain Lexi Ricketts has anchored the Navy backline by not allowing a goal in the last 220:55 minutes. Ricketts and the Mids backline has held the previous two opponents to 17 total shots, seven of which were on net. Ricketts garnered her first PL Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, having played in every minute and held Lehigh’s and Holy Cross’ top offensive option to one shot each.
• Navy’s offense has found its most success in the second half of its matches in 2015, tallying 21 of its 31 goals in the last 45 minutes.
• The Mids have tallied three of their seven game-winning goals in the 67th minute or later. Sophomore Meghan Hegarty leads the team with two game-winners, recording her first in the 84th minute against VMI and then in the 67th minute versus Lehigh.
• Freshman Margaret Woodward and Mary August began Navy’s trend of late-match heroics in the season’s first game, as August tallied the game-tying goal in the 83rd minute and then classmate Woodward recorded the game-winner in the 84th minute.
• In Navy’s seven wins, the Mids have recorded six different players with game-winning goals.