Sept. 14, 2013
HIGH POINT, N.C. -
The Navy men's soccer team (1-2-2) dropped a 2-0 decision at High Point (2-3-0) at Vert Stadium on Saturday evening. Navy's defense held High Point to just three shots on goal but the Panthers found the back of the net on two of their opportunities.
"We gave up a bit of a soft goal early and that put us under the gun for the rest of the game," head coach Dave Brandt said. "We had several chances in the second half but couldn't get one in. Then High Point added another goal on a ball that was hit very well. We've been doing some things well but we really need to get better in the back and fix our defending."
High Point scored in the 24th and the 70th minutes to prevent Navy from earning a second straight win. Mamadee Nyeponn scored at 23:23 in the first half from seven yards out for the game's first tally. He was assisted by Adam Sewell and Jonathan Ware.
High Point added its second goal at the 69:07 mark of the second half. Cameron Foster chested a pass to Pat Shelton who took a left-footed shot from the top of the box to the lower right corner of the goal.
Navy had a number of opportunities to get on the board throughout the game and threatened in the final 10 minutes.
In the closing minutes, junior midfielder Grant Valenstein (Laguna Hills, Calif.) sent a shot just over the cross bar. Freshman forward Sam Bascom (Cincinnati, Ohio) had a shot saved and sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) had a shot blocked.
Navy also earned three corner kicks in the final 2:17 of the second half, but could not score.
Bascom made his first career start and shared the team-lead in shots (3) with Dubyoski. Bascom was right on target each time with well-struck shots, but hit them right at the keeper. Dubyoski also broke through the High Point defense several times but came up just short on scoring.
Navy out shot High Point, 16-13, and held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. Navy also earned five corner kicks, while the Panthers had just two.
High Point goalkeeper Kody Palmer made five saves to record his second shutout in as many games.
Navy will continue its season-long four-game road swing by playing at No. 23 UMBC on Tuesday evening.