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Men's Soccer Ties Davidson in Season Opener, 1-1

Jamie Dubyoski

Aug 30, 2013

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DAVIDSON, N.C. - The Navy men's soccer team (0-0-1) played Davidson (0-0-1) to a 1-1 double overtime draw in the season opener for both schools on Friday night at Alumni Stadium. Navy tallied the game's first goal in the second half, but the Wildcats responded with just 12 minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) put the Mids up 1-0 in the 60th minute of the contest. Dubyoski scored off an assist from senior forward Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.). Arnold slipped the ball through Davidson's back line and Dubyoski connected on his run into the box.

Dubyoski had an opportunity in the 62nd minute to tally a second goal. Off a Navy corner kick, freshman Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.) headed the serve towards net, but Davidson goalkeeper Max Pacifici knocked the ball down. Dubyoski had a good look on the rebound, but Pacifici made another save.

Davidson evened the game at 1-1 in the 78th minute when reserve Jake Keator scored on a long-range shot from 25 yards out. He was assisted by Alan Reiter and Max Pragnell.

Neither team could tally the game-winning goal for the rest of regulation or in the 20 minutes of overtime. Davidson's Chris Pettiglio came close in the 101st minute when he put a shot off the far post.

The Mids did a solid job of controlling possession and generated a number of opportunities throughout the game. Navy held a large advantage in shots in the game, 28-11, and also led in shots on goal, 13-5.

The Mids outshot Davidson in the first half, 10-5, and 14-3 in the second. Navy outshot Davidson in overtime, 4-3. Navy also held a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.

"We've got to keep working and learning and that will go a long way with being able to put opponents away late in games," Navy head coach Dave Brandt said. "I thought we were good defensively tonight. The Davidson kid scored a big-time goal to tie it. We were also very close to scoring a second goal a number of times. It always seemed we were just a whisker away."

Senior goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) played the full 110 minutes for Navy, making four saves. Dupere made a diving save in the 96th minute in the first overtime to preserve the 1-1 score. Dupere now has a career record of 12-12-8.

His counterpart, Pacifici, made 12 saves for Davidson.

Dubyoski scored just one goal for Navy in 2012, but had a very strong spring season and has carried that momentum through the fall. Dubyoski also scored in Navy's 2-1 win over Penn State in an exhibition contest last weekend.

Dubyoski took a game-high six shots on Friday. Junior midfielder Grant Valenstein (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was credited with five shots, as was sophomore midfielder P.J. Suess (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Navy will play at Appalachian State on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The Mountaineers tied Marshall, 0-0, in their opener on Friday evening.



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