Oct. 19, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. -
The Navy men's soccer team (8-3-2, 5-0-0 PL) overcame an early deficit to defeat Bucknell (8-4-1, 2-2-1 PL), 2-1, at a rainy Holmes Stadium on Saturday evening. Navy earns its seventh-straight win and remains in a tie for first place with Army with 15 points.
"This was a huge game for both teams," head coach Dave Brandt said. "We came out not quite as sharp as we needed to be. We gave their guy too much space and he had a super shot. It was a great goal and unfortunately we dug a hole for ourselves. But then we started to find a rhythm after that."
Although Navy is off to its best start in Patriot League play in program history at 5-0-0, there are still four league games remaining in the newly-expanded conference.
"We know we can play and we know we can win games, but we also know we haven't done anything yet," said Brandt. "There are still four more conference games to go and nobody in the league has clinched a playoff berth yet."
Bucknell got on the board early, scoring just 5:15 into the game to take the early 1-0 lead. Bucknell got on a counterattack and a forward attempted to make a pass which a Navy player deflected. The ball went right to Austin Lenart who hit a well-struck ball from 25 yards out that found the right side of the goal.
The goal snapped Navy's 545-minute scoreless streak, which spanned seven games.
Navy nearly evened the game in the 19th minute when senior defenseman Nick Dubee (Carolina, R.I.) sent a curling shot to the upper left corner of the goal off a free kick that Bucknell goalkeeper Mike Lansing punched away.
Navy continued to pressure in the first half and ended up outshooting the Bison, 8-3, in the first period.
The Mids really turned up the pressure in the second half and created several chances early on.
Senior Martin Sanchez
(Salisbury, Md.) had a good look in the 56th minute but his shot was deflected and Navy earned a corner kick. Sanchez took the ensuing corner kick from the left side and served a ball into the box which sophomore Derek Vogel
(Long Beach, Calif.) jumped into the air and then headed the ball down and into the goal to tie the game.
It was Vogel's first goal of the season and the fifth of his career.
Navy really ramped up the pressure after the Vogel goal, registering six shots in the next 15 minutes. That pressure paid off on the seventh shot in the 72nd minute. Senior Patrick Sopko (Gloucester, Va.) played a ball to Sanchez who flicked it ahead to a cutting Arnold. Arnold took a touch and slid the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper into the left side to give Navy the 2-1 lead. It was Arnold's second goal of the season and Sanchez's second assist of the game.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) made a season-high six saves in the contest, with a big one coming in the 82nd minute on a Mayowa Alli header.
Snyder improves to 7-0-0 on the season and holds a 0.14 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage.
Navy outshot Bucknell, 18-13, in the game and held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
The win was Navy's first over Bucknell since 2001.
At 5-0-0 in the Patriot League, Navy has tallied its most conference wins in a season since going 5-1-0 in 1999. Additionally, the seven straight wins are the most for Navy since winning eight straight in 2000.
Navy will host NJIT on Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in a non-conference matchup.