Frederica, Del. (Aug. 25, 2017) --- Delaware State allowed an early goal and another later in the opening period to overshadow an otherwise solid defensive effort in a 2-0 women’s soccer loss to Navy at the DE Turf Sports Complex Friday evening.
A little more than three minutes into the contest (3:07), the Midshipmen scored the first goal of the match when Ash Fairow fired a shot over the head of DSU goal keeper Leslie Fazio. Cadie Higginson and Baseley McClaskey were credited with assists on the score, Navy’s first of the season.
Despite being on the defensive for much of the next 30-plus minutes, the Hornets kept the Midshipmen off the board.
Navy (1-2) broke through again when Eleanor Pratt scored off a feed from Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan in the 38th minute to give the Mids a 2-0 lead.
The Hornets could not get off a shot in the opening period, but had a scoring chance early in the second frame, however, Kayleigh Leschinski’s attempt in the 51st minute was just to the left of the net.
Navy had five shot attempts in the second period, but was kept off the board in the final 45 minutes of the contest. Fazio had four saves in the second period and six in the match for the Hornets.
Delaware State (0-3) managed four shots in the second period, two of which were saved by Navy keeper Sydney Fortson.
Friday’s match was the first of three Delaware State contests scheduled for DE Turf this season. The Hornets will face George Washington on Sep. 14 and Loyola-Md. On Oct. 9 at the new Kent County sports complex.
DSU is back in action on Sunday at Yale. The match begins at 10 a.m. in New Haven, Conn.
The Hornets are back at their Alumni Stadium home on the DSU campus on Fri. Sep. 1 against Lafayette at 7 p.m.