Sept. 10, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Alex Wilson scored in the 65th minute and Aaron Dupere stopped a career-high 11 shots to lead Navy to a thrilling 1-1 draw with a very good UMBC team on Saturday night in Baltimore. The tie improves Navy's record to 1-2-2 overall while UMBC is now 2-0-2 overall.
The Retrievers entered the game ranked eighth in the NSCAA / North Atlantic Regional rankings and hadn't allowed a goal in three previous games. Dating back to last year, UMBC is 9-0-4 in its last 13 games. However, Navy is 2-0-3 in the last five meetings with the Retrievers and own a 16-3-4 series lead against UMBC.
The two teams combined for 43 shots, including 23 in the second half alone. The two goalkeepers combined for 20 saves between them.
"I thought we rebounded well tonight after a slow start. We seemed to have some heavy legs after an emotional game on Wednesday against Loyola," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "But by the end of the first half and well into second half, I felt we established our game and really dictated the action."
After a rather uneventful first half with the two teams combining for just seven shots, the game started opening up in the final 45 minutes. The Mids got on the board first in the 65th minute when Alex Wilson (So. / Phoenix, Ariz.) gathered a loose ball and blasted a shot from 19 yards off the goalkeepers' hands and into the net for his first goal of the season and second of his career.
Navy had several offensive chances and were within inches of increasing the lead to 2-0 several times, while withstanding UMBC's best chances. Navy appeared to have wrapped up the game after clearing a UMBC corner kick late in the contest. However, UMBC's goalkeeper was 40 yards out of the goal and sent the ball back into the Navy box, where Andy Streilein found the ball in traffic and back-heeled the ball into the goal with just five seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams had chances in overtime, but neither could find the net and Navy tied its second straight opponent with a 1-1 draw.
"Our guys fought hard and those are two NCAA Tournament teams we played this week," added Brandt. "We are gaining some identity and really starting to create some opportunities on the offensive end."
UMBC outshot the Mids, 23-20, and drew 10 corner kicks to Navy's seven. UMBC was whistled for 12 fouls to Navy's nine.
Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) stopped a career-high 11 shots in the victory.
"Aaron played remarkably well. He is an excellent shot-stopper and has great instincts," said Brandt.
Navy will return to action on Wednesday night against Delaware at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 pm.
# GO NAVY #