Eagles Score First, but Navy Rallies for 4-1 Win

Eagles Score First, but Navy Rallies for 4-1 Win

Annapolis, Md. – The American University women's soccer team scored first at Navy on Wednesday night, but the Mids' offense came alive for four-straight scores to come away with the victory.

Sophomore forward Michaela Garcia, who missed the team's last game due to illness, returned to the AU lineup and made an immediate impact. Garcia scored in the 37th minute to give American the advantage. The sophomore duo of Hayley Mullins and Sara Perlman helped set up their classmate as Mullins played it near the corner and Perlman used a chest pass to fin Garcia for the goal.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the break, but the second half belonged to Navy. The Mids scored four times in the second stanza, finding the equalizer 10 minutes into the second and the go-ahead goal in the 58th minute.

After only eight total shots in the first half, Navy registered 23 in the second period while holding AU to just one. 

American equaled its average of 15 shots per game, which places them third in the Patriot League, but Navy reeled off 31 shots and 15 on goal.

Facing a barrage of attacks, senior goalkeeper Charlene Belanger did well to deflect many of the attempts, making a season-high 11 saves in the match.

If not for Belanger, Navy may have had even more scores as she made nine of her stops in the second half.

The Mids also did well to limit AU's leading scorer, shot-producer and points leader, Lindsay Muri, as she was held to only two shots and one on goal.

American continues its grueling stretch of seven road games in 10 matches this weekend when the Eagles travel to Bucknell on Saturday.