Sept. 24, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. -
Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) scored a goal for the third straight game and Navy (3-3-2) shut out Virginia Tech (3-2-2), 2-0, at Thompson Field on Tuesday evening. The Mids will begin Patriot League play on Saturday coming off back-to-back shutout victories.
"Virginia Tech is a good team and I thought we played well tonight," head coach Dave Brandt said. "That's a good result. But there are a lot of things that we still need to get better at and we have a lot more games to go. We know the Patriot League is what really matters."
Navy came out strong to open the first half of play and was rewarded early as Dubyoski scored in just the 10th minute. Junior Grant Valenstein (Laguna Hills, Calif.) played a ball to senior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) who got space in the middle of the field and then played a ball ahead to Dubyoski who put a low driving shot past goalkeeper Kyle Renfro.
"Dave got the ball and turned and I saw a gap and made the run through," Dubyoski said. "It wasn't on initially but Dave took another touch and drew the defender in and slid an absolute perfect ball through. I just found it and hit it left-footed to the back post."
Virginia Tech had an offensive onslaught of their own beginning in the 24th minute, putting two shots off the left post and earning a pair of corner kicks, but Navy was able to get through the scare and the Mids eventually carried the 1-0 lead into the half.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.), in his first start of the season, made a diving save to his left side in the 51st minute on a shot by David Clemens and followed that up with another save 23 seconds later off a shot by Virginia Tech's leading-scorer Robert Alberti.
Two minutes later, a Dubyoski throw-in deep in Hokie territory was headed back by Arnold to Valenstein, who ripped a shot off the half-volley to the upper corner of the near side of the goal. It was Valenstein's first goal of the season.
Virginia Tech had a good look in the 70th minute but Kai Marshall shot the ball directly at Snyder. Snyder also picked off a potentially troublesome cross off the end line in the 83rd minute.
Snyder made five saves in the game for his third career shutout and he has yet to allow a goal in 177 minutes of play this season. Snyder helped Navy record it second shutout in a four-day span and he is 2-0-0.
Sophomore defenseman Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) seemed to head away every Virginia Tech serve into the box in the first half, while fellow center back Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) did the same in the second half in support of Snyder. Greenspan is the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Dubyoski and Valenstein each recorded a goal and an assist on Tuesday for three-point nights and Dubyoski increased his team-leading point total to 11 (5 goals, 1 assist).
"Jamie is a good forward and he's always dangerous," said Brandt. "If he gets the kind of service he's been getting from our guys, he can score some goals."
Navy increases its lead in the all-time series against Virginia Tech to 4-1-0 and the Mids are 52-32-12 all-time against the ACC.
Virginia Tech was coming off a 0-0 draw against No. 1 North Carolina on Friday evening and defeated then-No. 17 Syracuse, 2-1, on September 6. The Hokies are receiving votes in this week's College Soccer News national poll.
"This was a big win for us," said Dubyoski. "But obviously the most important games are Patriot League ones and we got Boston University on Saturday. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going."
Navy will host Boston University on Saturday at 7:00 PM in its conference opener. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.