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Local players shine for Navy Academy women's soccer

The Navy soccer/Washington connection from left:  Hannah Morse; Kelsey Learned; Alexes Lopez-Shaw; Sam Lee; and Kate Herren. - Photo courtesy Navy Athletics
The Navy soccer/Washington connection from left: Hannah Morse; Kelsey Learned; Alexes Lopez-Shaw; Sam Lee; and Kate Herren.
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There is a decidedly Evergreen feel to the United States Naval Academy women’s soccer program.

The Midshipmen boast five Washingtonians on their roster, including three Auburn players.

Kate Herren, a 2007 graduate of Auburn Mountainview and a senior defender for the Mids, is team captain. She was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 22.

Kelsey Learned, an Auburn resident who played high school soccer at Thomas Jefferson, is a junior defender who started 16 games for Navy last season before suffering a knee injury that limited her playing time.

Hannah Morse, a sophomore and 2010 graduate from Auburn Mountainview, has started five games this season.

Rounding out the Washington players in the program are Alexes Lopez-Shaw, a sophomore starting goalie and Bothell High School graduate, and Sam Lee, a freshman who graduated from Richland High.

The Naval Academy – located in Annapolis, Md. – competes in the NCAA Division I Patriot League against Army (New York), Bucknell University (Pennyslvania), Colgate University (New York) and Lafayette College (Pennsylvania).

The Mids, 5-2-1 overall, begin league play against American University on Oct. 1 in Washington D.C.

 

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