Sept. 1, 2014
DENVER, Colo. -
Despite an incredible game-tying goal in the 89th minute by junior Derek Vogel
, the No. 25 Navy men's soccer team (0-1-1) fell to Denver (2-0-0), 2-1, on Sunday evening at CIBER Field in front of a crowd of 1,216.
Denver's Teddy Mullin scored the game's first goal in the 49th minute and a regulation win for Pioneers was in sight until the 89th minute when Vogel evened the score at 1-1 and sent the game to overtime. Denver's Eric Kronenberg netted the "Golden Goal" in the 97th minute to give the Pioneers their second win against a top-25 team this weekend.
"It was an unfortunate loss for us, but credit Denver; they beat us," said head coach Dave Brandt. "I thought we played well tonight and I know we are a good team, but we just need to sort some things out. It was great to see us fight back, but we had some unfortunate giveaways tonight and they made us pay."
After a scoreless first half, it took Denver just three minutes to get the game's first goal in the second stanza when Kosta Kordistos got to the right endline and sent a pass back into the box to Mullin, who finished to the right side of the goal.
Navy kept attacking and had several scoring chances in the second half, including a Vogel header on a set piece that was saved and another Vogel shot in the box that was blocked by a Denver defender. Junior Thomas Shiiba had a good opportunity and junior Jamie Dubyoski even found the back of the net in the 75th minute, but his goal was disallowed for a close offsides call.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Denver fouled freshman defender Thomas Moore in Navy's backfield and senior Grant Valenstein stepped up to take the free kick in Navy's defensive end. Valenstein launched a 50-yard service into Denver's defensive penalty box where Vogel, with his back to the goal, leaped into the air and snapped his head around to send the ball to the right side of the net past Denver keeper Ryan Massey from 12 yards out to send the game to overtime with just 1:14 showing on the clock.
Navy's comeback bid would come to a close in the 97th minute, when following a Navy giveaway in the midfield, Kronenberg fired a left-footed shot to the left side of the goal from 15 yards out past Navy goalkeeper Jackson Morgan
to end the night.
In his second career start Morgan made five saves for Navy, while Massey made three saves for Denver.
Navy out shot Denver, 15-12, but Denver held a 7-4 edge in shots on goal and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Denver, a 2013 NCAA Tournament team, earned wins over No. 24 Cal State Northridge and No. 25 Navy in its opening weekend.
Navy will return to Annapolis for its home opener on Friday, September 5 against Appalachian State at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.