Oct. 23, 2012
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Three different players scored goals and the Navy men's soccer team turned it on after halftime, cruising past Longwood, 3-0, on Tuesday evening in Farmville, Va.
The win snapped a five-game winless streak and moved Navy's record to 6-5-3 overall, while Longwood fell to 3-11-3 overall. Navy had lost three straight games to Longwood by a combined 6-2 margin.
"We obviously started slow, with it being a weeknight on the road. Once we got going it was just a matter of time to get that first goal. It was good to see the guys put the chances away tonight," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "I thought our second group really played well in the last 20 minutes of the first half and were really dangerous. We wore them down a bit and we got our rhythm and tempo during that stretch."
After a relatively uneventful first half in which Longwood outshot the Midshipmen, 5-4, Navy dominated the second half, scoring the game's first goal on a nice individual effort by freshman Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.). Shiiba tallied his third goal of the season after he controlled a loose ball, dribbled around a defender and sent a low, hard shot to the right corner for a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute.
Navy continued to pressure and took a 2-0 lead when Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.) took an Eric Skogerboe (Sr. / Leesburg, Va.) cross and put a hard shot on net from the top of the box and into the back of the net in the 68th minute. The goal was Valenstein's third of the season and Skogerboe's first career point coming in his 67th career match.
Navy added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute when junior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) tallied his second goal of the season and seventh career tally. Arnold scored on a hard shot from the right side of the box for a 3-0 lead.
Navy would outshoot the Lancers, 11-2, in the second half and recorded eight of its 15 shots on goal during the contest.
Navy has now scored a goal in 11 straight games, its longest scoring streak since tallying a goal in 13 straight games during the 1986-87 seasons.
"It has been a long time coming. We have had an unfortunate run lately. We were unlucky during this stretch, so it was nice to get back in the win column and get some positive momentum moving forward to a pair of important Patriot League games," added Brandt.
Meanwhile, the Navy defense was impressive in recording its third shutout of the season and first since a 5-0 win over Richmond on Sept. 15. Navy limited Longwood to just seven shots with just two coming in the second half. Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) stopped four shots in goal for his second career shutout.
Navy will return to Patriot League play on Saturday, when it travels to Worcester, Mass., for a 7:00 PM kickoff against Holy Cross. The Midshipmen and Crusaders are tied for fifth in the Patriot League standings with five points (with Bucknell) and are just one point out of fourth place.
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