Navy Men's Soccer Ties Delaware, 1-1
Sept. 12, 2012
NEWARK, Del. -- The Navy men's soccer team dominated statistically, but had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Delaware on a beautiful Wednesday night in Newark, Del. The tie moves Navy's record to 1-2-1 overall, while Delaware, last year's CAA Tournament champion, moved to 1-4-1 overall.
"It's frustating not to win when we felt we deserved it," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We are a good team and we are getting better. We just need to stick with it and keep working."
Despite dominating statistically and territorially, Navy was forced to play catch-up for most of the night. After a Blue Hens' goal in the ninth minute gave Delaware a 1-0 advantage, Navy finally tied the contest at 1-1 on a Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.) tally in the 74th minute. Valenstein was able to corral a loose ball on the left side of the box and caught the Delaware keeper out of position as he sent a hard shot past the defense and into the middle of the net for his first goal of the season.
The goal seemed to spark Navy, which had several great chances in the 35 minutes after, but couldn't find the back of the net in settling for its first tie of the season.
"Goals fuel belief and I really thought we were going to get one more after Grant's goal," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We picked up our pace some and really had chances. We just have to find a way to put the ball away."
Navy's best chance came in regulation's final minute as the Mids received a free kick right outside the box. Eric Wootten (Sr. / Woodbridge, Va.) sent a bending shot that seemed destined for the net just inside the right post, but Delaware's Jay Lupas made his best save of the game as he dove to knock the ball just outside the post. The Mids were unable to do anything with the ensuing corner kick.
Navy also had a great look late in the second overtime, but Jamie Dubyoski's (Fr. / Catonsville, Md.) shot went through the box and left of the target to keep the game tied.
Navy outshot Delaware, 22-12, and drew eight corner kicks to Delaware's five.
Navy allowed just three shots in the opening half and held Delaware to just two shots in the two overtime sessions.
"Our back four played well and is getting better," said Brandt. "We have said all year that they are the key to our season and they are starting to play pretty well."
Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) stopped three shots in goal for the Midshipmen.
Navy will host Richmond on Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The game will be streamed online as part of the Navy All-Access package on NavySports.com(.)
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