Eagles edge out Navy
Some nights you just have to find a way to score, and that was the case Tuesday night.
On a rainy night that included tons of wind the Women's Soccer team edged the Navy Midshipmen, 5-4, in overtime. The game, which featured hat tricks by AU senior Anabel Jimenez and Navy's Stacey Finley. Both teams treated a crowd of over 200 people who braved the weather to a great game of high scoring soccer.
The scoring started early as Navy's career leading scorer, Finley, tallied just 11 minutes into the game. From 20 yards out she beat AU 'keeper senior Lauren Wohl with a nicely struck ball. Jimenez answered just over 10 minutes later when she took a pass from Simone Konig and placed it into the back of the net, evening the score at one. Finley scored again before the half and Navy went into the locker room up a goal, 2-1.
AU came out strong in the second half though, going on the attack. Freshman Christina Gonzalez received another pass from Konig and put it in the back of the net, knotting the game at two. After another Navy goal, AU scored on Marcela Ricupero's goal at the 60:28 mark. With Jimenez's second goal just minutes later, AU took the lead and looked as if it was in good position to close out the game and send Navy to just its third loss this year. However, Navy responded with a tying goal.
Jimenez had just enough magic left to finish the game, though. Minutes into overtime the crafty senior scored her 20th career goal at AU and sent the team into a frenzy. Just the third person in Women's Soccer history to ever score 20 goals ,Jimenez showed senior leadership as she played hero and displayed poise in leading the team to victory.
Wohl finished with five saves and solid play throughout the game, facing 17 shots. The Eagles face a big Patriot League match-up at Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 18 and return to home action on Monday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. against Towson.