Oct. 16, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- UMBC scored on an own goal in the 82nd minute to give the visiting Retrievers a 2-1 victory over the Navy men's soccer team on Tuesday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
The loss drops Navy to 5-4-3 overall, while UMBC improved to 7-4-4 overall.
After starting the year 5-2-1, Navy has gone just 0-2-2 in its last four games, with both losses coming on goals scored in the last 18 minutes of the contest.
"I felt we were desperately unlucky to lose this game. I thought we played fairly well tonight, so this was a tough result," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We have had a rash of injuries lately and were forced to play some players that haven't seen a ton of action in those positions. I thought they performed very well and really held their own. We just have been really unlucky lately."
After a defensive first half that featured just six total shots in the opening 45 minutes (four by UMBC and two by Navy), action started to open up in the second half. Navy got on the board first in the 58th minute when freshman Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.) netted his second career goal. David Jackson (Sr. / Forest, Va.) slid a pass to Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.), who delivered a cross into the box from the right side. Shiiba timed his jump perfectly and headed the ball inside the right post past UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders for a 1-0 advantage.
Navy's lead stood for just six-plus minutes as Pete Caringi, who tallied eight points (3 g, 2 a) in a win over Boston U. this past weekend, tied the game at 1-1 on a header inside the left post on a corner kick in the 64th minute.
The Retrievers then took the lead on an own goal in the 82nd minute on a free kick about 35 yards from the goal. Mamadou Kansaye sent a pass into the box, where a Navy player got his head on it, but it deflected inside the right post for a 2-1 cushion.
Navy had two corner kicks in the last 65 seconds, but couldn't get a good look off of the chances and UMBC held on for the one-goal victory.
Navy was outshot, 13-9, in the contest and UMBC drew 10 corner kicks to Navy's three. Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) started the game in goal, registering no saves in the first half, before Aaron Dupere (Jr. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) made his first action of the season, stopping six shots in the second half. Dupere missed the first two months of the season after recovering from offseason hip surgery.
The Midshipmen will travel to Patriot League leader, American, on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM in Washington, D.C.
# GO NAVY #