Sept. 21, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Navy men's soccer team put up a whopping 32 shots, but needed a David Jackson tally on Navy's 22nd shot on goal with just over a minute left in regulation to fend off Richmond, 2-1, on Wednesday night in Richmond.
The win was Navy's second in a row and improves the Mids to 3-3-2 overall, while Richmond drops to 1-5-1 overall. After starting the year 0-2-0, Navy is now 3-1-2 in its last six games.
"It's a tough place to play with their turf field, since we aren't very used to that," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "It was good to get a win tonight and I like the way we have responded after a disappointing result last week against Delaware. The game really opened up more in the second half more than we wanted it to, but it was good to hang in there and get a win."
Navy was forced to rally after Richmond tallied a goal just 1:53 into the game for a 1-0 Spiders' lead. The Mids tied the game up just 16 minutes later, when defenseman Billy Sweetman (Austin, Texas) scored his first goal of the season at the 18:03 mark. Sweetman drilled home a rebound off a Martin Sanchez (So. / Salisbury, Md.) shot to knot the score at one. The assist was Sanchez's first career point.
Navy continued to pressure on the offensive end, but needed a great defensive play to keep the game tied at halftime. Goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) was called for a foul in the box, giving Richmond a penalty kick late in the first half. Dupere guessed right and made the save to keep the game tied heading into halftime.
"That was a big moment for us," said Brandt. "To head into halftime tied instead of down a goal was a big boost for us."
Navy dominated territorially and statistically, outshooting the Spiders, 18-7, in the final 45 minutes. However, Navy didn't score until its 18th shot of the half when David Jackson (Jr. / Forest, Va.) dribbled through the Richmond defense into the box, where he slid a shot from left to right under the Spiders' goalkeeper for a 2-1 Navy cushion with just 1:04 remaining in the game.
The goal was Jackson's team-best third of the season and sixth of his career.
Navy outshot the Spiders, 32-14, and had an amazing 22 shots on goal to Richmond's seven. Richmond's goalkeeper, Thomas Hand, stopped a whopping 20 shots.
"We had a lot of good looks tonight, but a lot of our shots were right at him," said Brandt. "We need to do a better job of putting the ball away and making it tough for keepers. We were glad to get that second goal and get the win though."
Navy also drew 10 corner kicks to Richmond's one and were whistled for 10 fouls to Richmond's 16. Dupere made six saves in goal, surpassing 100 saves for his career (now with 101).
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Navy is now 7-3-0 all-time against Richmond. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1992 ... Navy improved to 15-1-1 under head coach Dave Brandt when scoring at least two goals in a game ... Navy has now scored at least one goal in six straight games, the longest stretch for the team since scoring in eight straight games from Oct. 27, 2000 to Sept. 23, 2001 ... Navy is 3-1-2 in the last six games and have scored 13 goals in that span ... Navy's last two game-winning goals have each come in the 81st minute or later. Nick Dubee scored in the 81st minute in the win over UNC Greensboro, before Jackson's heroics tonight ... Navy's 22 shots on goal are believed to be a school record, but more research is needed ... Navy's 32 shots are at least the most since the start of the 1998 season, but more research is needed ... nine different players have scored Navy's 14 goals this year, while 15 total players have found their way into the scoring column.
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