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Navy Draws With Lafayette in Patriot League Opener, 0-0

Aaron Dupere recorded his seventh career shutout in the tie with Lafayette.

Sept. 24, 2011

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EASTON, Pa. -- The Navy men's soccer team outshot Lafayette, 14-9, and had two golden chances late in the game, but couldn't find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw in the Patriot League opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon. The tie moves Navy's record to 3-3-3 overall and 0-0-1 in the Patriot League, while Lafayette falls to 4-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in league play.

Navy is 3-1-3 now in the last seven games after starting the year 0-2-0.

Navy outshot the Leopards, 14-9, including an 11-5 margin in regulation but was shut out for the second time this year in earning the draw.

Navy has not defeated Lafayette since the 2001 season, but earned a point in the league standings against the Leopards for the first time since 2002, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Leopards.

"I think we are disappointed not to get three points. I thought we played well in a tough venue and controlled the game for long stretches today," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We had a lot of chances and more than stood up to them."

The Mids had great chances in the contest, but its best came with about five minutes left in regulation. Alex Wilson (So. / Phoenix, Ariz.) dribbled around the goalkeeper and had an open net, but his shot from a tough angle hit the outside of the post and slid wide to keep the game scoreless.

In the game's final minute of the second overtime, Joseph Greenspan (Fr. / Westfield, N.J.) had a shot appeared destined for the goal, but was cleared away at the last second by Lafayette freshman Chandler Fraser-Pauls to keep the game scoreless.

Meanwhile, the Navy defense continued its string of strong play, posting its first shutout of the season and limiting the Leopards to just nine shots (a season low for a Navy opponent) and just four on goal.

"Our defense is starting to play much better. We gave up early goals against both UNC Greensboro and Richmond, but after those goals, we played well," said Brandt. "Today, I thought the back four played very, very well."

Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) made two saves in goal for the Midshipmen to earn his seventh career shutout. Lafayette goalkeeper Graham Heydt stopped eight shots in goal. Navy drew six corner kicks to Lafayette's five. Lafayette had 14 fouls to Navy's 12.

Navy returns home to face Longwood on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Mids will then face Army in the Star Game on Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.




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