ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The foot of Navy Midshipmen Junior F Ash Farrow was all they needed, as Farrow scored a hat trick and the #1 Seed Navy (16-3-1) defeated #4 seed Colgate Raiders (10-7-2), 3-0, in front of a near-packed Glenn Warner Soccer Facility Friday evening during the first of two semi-final games in the 2017 Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament.
The Midshipmen had to overcome losing two star senior players to injuries in the first 17 minutes of the game. Senior D Liza Harris went down just seconds into the game and in the 16th minute, Senior M Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan left the game with a bad ankle injury.
That did not deter the play of Farrow. In the seventh minute (6:15 mark), a nice pass from Senior F Claire Macadam (her sixth assist of the year) gave Farrow an easy look at the goal and she easily sent the ball into the net for her 10th goal of the season.
Nearly 17 minutes later, in the 25th minute (24:40 mark), Farrow broke away from the Raiders defense and sent her second goal (11th overall) into the left-hand corner of the net and Navy had a 2-0 lead that they would take into halftime.
Colgate managed only two shots on goal in the first half (three total for the game) but they were going up against 2017 Patriot League Goalkeeper Of The Year Navy Sophomore GK Sydney Fortson. The last time Navy lost a game was exactly two months ago, when they were crushed by the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, CA, 7-0. Since then, the Midshipmen have gone 12-0-1 and have outscored their opponents 31-4. In that process, Fortson set an NCAA record when she would go more than 700 minutes of game time between allowing goals (a first half goal at the 41:53 mark on September 15th against Holy Cross until the 21:14 mark against these Raiders just two weeks ago).
Farrow had an earlier attempt at her hat trick in the second half when her shot in the 82nd minute sailed above the net. Just a few seconds later, at exactly the 84:00 mark of the second half, she received a pass from Sophomore D Baseley McClaskey and Farrow broke away again from the Raiders defense and sent her third goal dead center into the net for her hat trick. It was only the third time in Patriot League history and second time in Navy tournament history that a player scored the elusive hat trick.
Navy now awaits the winner of Friday night’s second semi-final game between the #3 seed Boston University Terriers and the #2 Bucknell Bison. The championship game will be played on Sunday, November 5th at noon in Annapolis.