Sep 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md -
Two early goals in a five-minute span provided the difference as St. Francis Brooklyn (1-1-0) spoiled Navy's (0-1-2) home opener with a 2-1 win in men's soccer on Thursday evening at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
After a Navy handball just outside the box in the 20th minute, Andy Cormack scored on a free kick from 22 yards out. He shot to the upper left corner of the net to beat Navy goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.). Five minutes later, Kevin Correa received a pass from Gabriel Bagot and finished a 2-on-1 breakaway to give the Terriers an early 2-0 lead.
Navy increased the pressure in the second half, outshooting the Terriers in the period, 9-5, and finally broke through in the 72nd minute. Junior midfielder Geoff Fries (Broken Arrow, Okla.) took the ball in the box and was taken down by a St. Francis Brooklyn defender. A foul was called and junior Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.Y.) stepped up to convert the penalty kick.
Greenspan tallied his first goal of the season and the 11th of his career.
The Mids continued to threaten late in the second half and routinely were able to get the ball close to goal, but could not get off any solid shots. In the 87th minute senior Guy Skord (Annapolis, Md.) ripped a shot on goal from 30 yards out, but the shot sailed just high over the cross bar.
Navy outshot St. Francis Brooklyn, 16-11, but the Terriers held a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
St. Francis Brooklyn was whistled for 21 fouls, compared to just 10 on Navy, and was given three yellow cards, compared to zero by the Mids.
Dupere made five saves for the Mids. Terrier keeper Jack Binks earned the win by playing the first 45 minutes of the game, before giving way to Seth Erdman (one save) at halftime.
Navy will next host Central Connecticut State (0-3-0) on Saturday at 7:00 PM. CCSU lost to UMBC, 3-1, on Thursday evening.