Oct. 8, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy men's soccer team (4-5-3, 1-1-1 PL) scored a pair of second-half goals, but it wasn't enough to overcome Bucknell (6-5-1, 1-2-0 PL) in a 3-2 loss on Saturday evening at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. It was a tightly called game that saw 10 yellow cards issued (nine in the second half).
"I thought we were unlucky tonight," head coach Dave Brandt said. "The possession and the numbers reflect that we played well, but we need to learn be more disciplined in a couple of ways. We're young and we start eight sophomores, but it's a good group and everyone can see that. But the inexperience hurts us a bit sometimes. This team needs to be resilient. We have a ton of potential in this league and we still have four games to go."
Bucknell got on the board just 3:21 into the first half on a goal by Luke Joyner, his first of two on the night. Joyner received a pass from Jonathan Grad that sent him through the middle of Navy's backline to get a 1-on-1 opportunity against Navy's keeper.
The score would remain at 1-0 until the 52nd minute of play, when the game broke wide open.
Sophomore Nick Dubee (Carolina, R.I.) made a nice individual effort, carrying the ball nearly 40 yards on his own, before making a nice deke around the last defender and beating the keeper to tie the game at 1-1.
Less than a minute later, Navy was assessed a yellow card in the penalty box and Joyner stepped up to tally his second goal of the game. Navy keeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) guessed correctly, but couldn't get enough on the ball to stop the goal.
Seven minutes later in the 60th minute, Bucknell was able to go up 3-1 when Brandon Burgdorf made a run down the left side and then crossed the ball. Dupere got a hand on it but couldn't control it and Grad was there to knock in the goal.
Navy earned its own penalty kick in the 74th minute and David Jackson
stepped up to convert his team-leading fourth goal of the season to cut Bucknell's lead to 3-2, but the Mids were not able to get the equalizer.
Navy outshot Bucknell, 19-12 in the contest and held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.
Bucknell entered the week at No. 6 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings and Navy was slotted at No. 8.
The Mids will next play at Virginia on Tuesday before another important Patriot League contest at Lehigh on Saturday.