Shiiba Nets Overtime Game-Winner to Defeat CCSU
Sep 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md - Sophomore forward Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.) scored in the closing seconds of the first overtime as the Navy men's soccer team (1-1-2) earned a 2-1 win over Central Connecticut State (0-4-0) at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Saturday evening.
"I think it was high time for us to get a win and I was pleased with the guys for sticking with it and coming through," head coach Dave Brandt said. "We've been disappointed with our start because I think we've played well in our first four games but we don't have the record to show for it."
Late in the first overtime period following a Central Connecticut foul, senior midfielder Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.) served a free kick to the left side of the box where sophomore Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) headed it to the right side where Shiiba finished with his head for the game-winner with just 11 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.
Sanchez also keyed Navy's first goal 13 minutes into the second half. Sanchez sent a long cross from the left side to the far right post where freshman forward Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.) connected with his head back across the goal line to give Navy the 1-0 lead.
"We hope our attack is diverse enough that we can score in a number of different ways," Brandt said. "We had a couple of head balls tonight and that may be a little unusual for us but obviously we need to be able to attack that way as well."
Central Connecticut State tied the game at 1-1 in the 64th minute when Zach Zurrita worked to create space in Navy's box and shot to the left corner from 16 yards out.
Navy held a 23-8 edge in total shots and outshot its opponent, 9-1, in the first half. Navy also held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. The Mids created more chances and possessed the ball for the majority of the game.
Senior goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) made three saves to earn his first win of the season.
Sanchez posted the first two assist game of his career and Evans, the only freshman to start all four games, netted his first career goal.
The game, which along with the St. Francis Brooklyn contest on Thursday, was a part of the Hampton Inn BWI Classic. Junior Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.), Vogel and Evans represented Navy on the all-tournament team.
The Mids will next play at High Point on Saturday, September 14.