Oct. 1, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Guy Skord tallied his second goal of the year in the 16th minute and the Navy defense made it stand in giving the Navy men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Army in front of 1,206 fans on a rainy, raw Saturday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
The win improves Navy's record to 4-4-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the Patriot League. Army falls to 4-6-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the league standings.
Navy has won three straight Star Games over Army for the first time since the 1962-64 seasons, all three coming by 1-0 margins. In addition, Navy has four points in its first two league games for the first time since 2003.
Combined with last weekend's 0-0 tie with Lafayette, Navy has shut out its first two Patriot League foes for the first time since joining the league in 1991.
"I thought we were very, very sharp in the first half and might have played our best soccer of the year in the first 45 minutes," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt, who improved to 3-0-0 against Army. "We would have liked to have scored again, and then we kind of relaxed in the second half and were disappointed in some aspects. We are a young team still and if we can figure out how to play the full 90 minutes, we have the chance to be really, really good."
Navy dominated the first half and scored the game's only goal on perhaps the prettiest goal of the year by the Mids. Alex Wilson (So. / Phoenix, Ariz.) played a perfect cross from right to left that split the defense and Guy Skord (So. / Annapolis, Md.) one-timed it inside the right post for his second goal of the season and third of his career.
That was all the Navy defense needed, as the Mids held Army to zero shots in the first half and to just four for the contest. Army had just one shot on goal, while registering seven corner kicks, all in the second half.
"I thought our back four was outstanding tonight, and Zach Davis
(So. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) really set the tone, both physically and mentally," said Brandt. "He really led the group tonight and had an outstanding game."
Navy outshot the Black Knights, 11-4 and had six corner kicks to Army's seven. The Black Knights were whistled for 14 fouls to Navy's 12. Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) made one save in goal to earn the shutout.
Navy will close out a three-game homestand next Saturday, when it hosts Bucknell at 8:00 pm at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Fans that bring their Southern Mississippi football ticket stub can gain free admission to the soccer game.
Navy improved to 38-27-13 all time against Army ... The Mids improved to 23-10-4 against Army in Annapolis and are 8-1-1 against Army in the last 10 meetings in Annapolis ... Navy started eight sophomores, one freshman and two seniors in the win over Army ... through two weekends of Patriot League play, Navy sits in a tie for second with Lehigh with four points. American leads the league with six points ... the crowd of 1,206 was the seventh-largest men's soccer crowd in facility history and the ninth-largest crowd overall (men & women) ... Navy now has five players score at least two goals this year, when Skord scored his second goal against Army ... the shutout was Aaron Dupere's second of the season and eighth of his career ... Navy has held two Patriot League foes this year to zero goals and just 12 shots.
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