Navy and Air Force Tie in Men's Soccer Season Opener
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 25th ranked Navy men's soccer team (0-0-1) tied Air Force (0-0-1), 1-1, in double overtime in its season opener on Friday evening at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
"There was an intensity about this game with two service academies going at each other," head coach Dave Brandt said. "I thought Air Force was very sharp, they were a handful. Today was certainly a good test for us and hopefully it will sharpen us going forward."
It appeared that Navy was carrying momentum over from its historic 2013 season when the Mids scored a goal on their first shot of the season. Just five minutes into the game, junior forward Jamie Dubyoski put forth an impressive individual effort to put Navy ahead, 1-0.
The play began when junior goalkeeper Jackson Morgan boomed a goal kick that was headed forward by Daniel Camuti, then Dubyoski ran under it and headed it forward again. An Air Force defender had a play on it, but seemed to step over the ball. Dubyoski ran in behind the defender, took control of the ball and juked around the keeper and then shot the ball to the far left corner of the goal from seven yards out.
"We were very sharp early," said Brandt. "We came out ready to play and we got the early goal."
Navy held the run of play for much of the remainder of the first half by creating more scoring chances and playing well on the defensive end. Morgan, in his first collegiate start, made two diving saves in the span of 31 seconds and junior defender Derek Vogel was seemingly clearing everything off the back line.
With under one minute to play in the first half, Air Force got out on a counterattack and was able to slip a goal in to even the game at 1-1. Following a Navy free kick into the box, the Falcons made a long run the other way and junior midfielder Gus Jensen received a pass in stride and shot from the corner of the 18-yard box for a tough low shot that got past Morgan and hit the far post and then bounced over the line. Jensen's goal came with just four seconds left in the first half.
Both teams had chances in the second half and in the overtime periods, but neither could get the game-winner. In overtime, Navy had a great chance on a Joseph Greenspan header off a set piece and Grant Valenstein also sent a good ball across the goal line that wasn't finished.
Morgan finished with seven saves in net for Navy, while his counterpart, Air Force goalkeeper Jake Schenk, also made seven saves.
Air Force out shot Navy, 23-19, and held a slight edge in corner kicks at 6-5.
The Navy-Air Force men's game began one hour and 38 minutes after its scheduled start of 7:00 PM (MT)/9:00 PM (ET) due to a lightning and rain delay prior to game one of the doubleheader, which was an Air Force women's game against North Dakota State that eventually went to double overtime. The men's game ended at 11:03 PM (MT)/1:03 AM (ET).
Navy will next play at Denver (1-0-0) on Sunday at 8:00 PM (MT)/10:00 PM (ET). The game will be televised in the Colorado region on the Altitude Sports Network. The channel is also available nationwide on Direct TV and Dish Network.