Navy Men's Soccer Ties Army in Star Match, 1-1
Sept. 30, 2012
CHESTER, Pa. -- The Navy men's soccer team took a 1-0 lead early in the second half then saw Army score on a penalty kick in the 88th minute to draw the Black Knights at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Sunday afternoon, 1-1.
The Midshipmen ran their unbeaten streak to six games and now stand at 5-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the Patriot League. The six-game unbeaten streak is the longest for the program since 2001.
Navy remained in a first-place tie with American and Colgate in the Patriot League standings after two weekends of play with four points.
The announced crowd of 3,672 was the largest crowd to ever see the Navy soccer team play, surpassing the previous mark of 3,500 in the 1964 NCAA Semifinals against Saint Louis.
"I didn't think we played all that well. It definitely wasn't our sharpest effort," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt, who is now 3-0-1 in his career against Army. "We just never really got into any kind of rhythm. We had a lot of good chances in regulation and in overtime, but just couldn't put them away."
Navy had some decent chances in the first half, including an opportunity by Joseph Greenspan (So. / Westfield, N.J.) in the 20th minute. Greenspan came in 1-on-1 with the Army keeper Winston Boldt, but couldn't get balanced enough and his shot was right at the keeper to keep the Midshipmen off the board.
Navy started to open things up in the second half and finally got on the board when junior defenseman Nick Dubee (Carolina, R.I.) took a feed from David Jackson (Sr. / Forest, Va.), deked a defender just outside the box and slid a shot from 10 yards out inside the left post for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 Navy lead in the 53rd minute.
The lead remained 1-0 until the 88th minute, when Army tied the game at one. A penalty kick was rewarded after a ball was sent into the Navy box where about 10 players were located. The Midshipmen were called for a foul after both teams were jostling for the ball in mid-air, giving the Black Knights a penalty kick.
Michael Kim calmly deposited the ball into the net past a diving Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) to send the game into overtime tied at 1-1.
Navy dominated the overtime sessions, outshooting Army, 6-2, including a great chance by Greenspan in the 99th minute in which Boldt saved as he was falling down.
Navy outshot Army, 18-13, and drew four corner kicks to Army's three. Army was whistled for 21 fouls to Navy's 15 and the Black Knights received seven yellow cards in the contest.
Snyder was credited with three saves in goal for the Midshipmen.
Navy is now 20-2-4 under Dave Brandt when scoring first.
Navy will be off until next Saturday when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Bucknell in a 2:00 PM start.
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