Oct. 16, 2013
EASTON, Pa -
The Navy men's soccer team scored two goals in the final five minutes and earned a sixth straight shutout victory by defeating Lafayette, 2-0, at Oaks Stadium on Wednesday evening. Navy improves to 7-3-2 overall and a perfect 4-0-0 in conference play while Lafayette falls to 3-3-6 overall and 1-3-0 in conference.
With Wednesday's win over the defending Patriot League Tournament champion, Navy moves into a tie with Army (4-0-0) for first place in the Patriot League with 12 points.
"Lafayette is a tough team to break down and it took us awhile to do that tonight," said head coach Dave Brandt. "We had a couple good looks in the first half and Dave Arnold had a great individual effort in the second half.
"But our defense was critical for us tonight. It's important for us to bend and not break and we were able to limit their opportunities. Yet you can never be comfortable with a 0-0 game, which it was until the last five minutes."
Freshman forward Sam Bascom (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored his first career goal in the 86th minute to give Navy the game-winner. Sophomore Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.) fought through the Lafayette defense and into the box going 1-on-3 before sliding a ball across to Bascom who finished on one touch with his left foot to the right side of the goal.
Three minutes later Lafayette earned a corner kick in the 90th minute and had the opportunity to tie the game, but squandered away the opportunity. Lafayette served the ball right to Navy's awaiting goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) and Lafayette's Brandon Turner came in and kicked Snyder after he gathered the ball and was given a yellow card.
Just 20 seconds after Lafayette's yellow card Navy got on the attack again. Senior Dave Arnold
(Baltimore, Md.) crossed the ball over to Shiiba who got the ball on the left side and played it to sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski
(Catonsville, Md.) at the 12-yard mark. As Lafayette goalkeeper Nathan McDonald came out, Dubyoski poked the ball right past him and into the left side of the net with just 25 seconds left to go to post the 2-0 result.
The goal was Dubyoski's team-leading eighth of the season and he takes over the Patriot League lead in points scored with his current total of 17 (8 goals, 1 assist).
Bascom was dangerous throughout the game and tallied a game-high three shots on goal in 50 minutes off the bench. Shiiba made his return to the lineup after missing the last six games with an injury and was very effective, setting up both goals.
Navy's starting defensive backline of Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.), Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.), Nick Dubee (Carolina, R.I.) and Blake Busse (San Diego, Calif.) continued to play well in front of Snyder. Greenspan is on this week's TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week.
Snyder needed to make only one save in the game as Navy's defense held Lafayette to just five total shots and only one shot on goal. Snyder improves to 6-0-0 and holds his season goals-against average at 0.00. Snyder has not allowed a goal in 536:54 minutes and has registered five solo shutouts and one combined shutout.
The Mids outshot Lafayette 10-5 in the game and 4-1 in the first 45 minutes.
Navy has outscored its opponents in conference play 7-0 over its first four games and has outscored opponents 12-0 during its six-game winning streak. Also, the Mids continue their best ever start to conference play with its 4-0 record.
Navy's current streak is the best since winning eight straight games and posting seven straight shutouts in 2000.
The Navy-Lafayette game was originally scheduled for October 5, but was rescheduled due to the government shutdown.
Navy will play its second conference road game of the week at Bucknell on Saturday.