BALTIMORE – The Navy women’s soccer team found itself in an unusual spot on Oct. 14: trying to start a new winning streak.
The Mids lost a 1-0 game to Holy Cross two days before and were trying to bounce back against winless Delaware State in Dover. They got a first-half goal from Gabby Gordon and pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Hornets.
Navy improved to 12-2-1 with the victory, which came in a non-conference game.
“We played some good soccer today but had some trouble finishing on the offensive end,” Head Coach Carin Gabarra said. “Hat tip to Gabby Gordon, who had a really nice game. We struggled a bit with our execution, but overall we played well.”
Navy kept the pressure on Delaware State at times in the first part of the first half but finally broke through in the 23rd minute. After Sadie McCaleb had a long throw-in that went to the top of the box, Gordon simply volleyed a high shot into the net at 22:41.
For McCaleb and Gordon, that was their first points of the 2019 season. Navy had several more scoring chances for the rest of the game but could not finish them. Goalkeeper Molly Swiger came up with a big save in the 70th minute to keep the score at 1-0.
This was Navy’s ninth shutout this season.
Midshipmen Football defeat Tulsa
Quarterback Malcolm Perry helped Navy run past Tulsa in a road contest on Oct. 12.
Perry finished with 218 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Midshipmen routed Tulsa. That was the fourth time Perry has topped 200 yards rushing in his career, and that’s tied for second-best in Navy history. Chris McCoy holds the school record in that category (five).
“I thought he did a lot of good things,” Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “He’s played well. It’s a great win, we’ll enjoy it.”
Perry posted his 218 yards on 20 carries as the Midshipmen ran heavily. They finished with 388 yards rushing and Navy ran 58 out of 63 plays.
Perry is also closing in on 3,000 yards as he reached 2,946 after the Tulsa game. That is also the fourth-most all-time at Navy. Perry was named the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Jamale Carothers, Nelson Smith and C.J. Williams also ran for touchdowns in the win. Navy improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the AAC.
Navy’s defense came through, giving up only 69 yards rushing as Tulsa fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The Midshipmen come back home Oct. 19 for a game with South Florida.
Navy Volleyball Falls To American In Five Sets
Navy went on to the road to take on American in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 12 but came up short in the five-set Patriot League match.
American escaped with a 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8 victory over a Navy team that had played a match the night before.
Maddie Sgattoni finished with 21 kills and 16 digs for Navy (8-8, 3-2). The Mids had played a two-hour, four-set match at Loyola in Baltimore the night before coming to American (11-7, 4-1).
“I don’t think either team can say they played their best,” Navy Head Coach Paco Labrador said. “We kept clawing and fighting, though, which are great signs, but we need to play cleaner, crisper volleyball throughout the course of a match.”
Navy got into trouble right away in the fifth and final set. The Eagles jumped to leads of 3-0 and 7-3 and went on to victory.
The Mids had four kills and six attack errors in that last set. American, meanwhile, had five kills but just one attack error.