Oct. 27, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Holy Cross scored on a rebound off a saved penalty kick in the 56th minute and that goal held up as the Crusaders handed the Navy men's soccer team a 2-1 setback on Saturday night at Smith Stadium.
The loss dealt the Mids a crushing blow in their hopes of making the Patriot League Tournament and drops their record to 6-6-3 overall and 1-3-2 in the Patriot League. The Mids could still possibly finish in a tie for fourth place in the league standings, but would lose the tiebreaker to the teams it would possibly be tied to (Bucknell and Holy Cross), thus eliminating their chance of reaching the Patriot League Tournament.
The Mids went 0-1-1 against Bucknell and Holy Cross, while Holy Cross went 1-0-1 and Bucknell was 0-0-2 in the first tiebreaker between three tied teams.
"We're hugely disappointed in the result, but I think Holy Cross played very well and was very sharp tonight," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "I think injuries have finally caught up to us. In the last six weeks, we have mixed and matched our defense and I think it finally cost us. You just can't be sharp when you don't practice. We have had a lot of moving parts and it's hard to create any type of rhythm and cohesion when that happens."
Navy has played without standout midfielder Martin Sanchez for most of league play and defensemen Zach Davis and Derek Vogel have each not practiced for the last few weeks because of injury. David Jackson also missed tonight's contest with injury suffered early against Longwood. In addition, two-year starting goalkeeper Aaron Dupere also missed the first 12 games of the year after offseason hip surgery.
Holy Cross led 1-0 at halftime, but Navy tied the contest immediately after halftime in the 46th minute. Geoff Fries
(So. / Broken Arrow, Okla.) scored after the Holy Cross goalkeeper mishandled a ball and he easily deposited the shot into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Thomas Shiiba
(Fr. / Swarthmore, Pa.) was credited with an assist on the play, giving him 10 points on the season (3 g, 4 a).
However, just 10 minutes later, Holy Cross got a huge break after the Midshipmen were called for a foul in the box, resulting in a Crusaders' penalty kick. Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) stopped the initial shot, but the rebound caromed right to Monty Sanders, who slipped the shot into the back of the net to take a 2-1 lead, which would be the final score.
"That's the kind of stretch we have been on. Gavin made a nice play on the penalty kick and it came right back to one of their players," said Brandt. "We just haven't had a ton of breaks go our way lately."
Holy Cross outshot Navy, 11-7, and drew six corner kicks to Navy's four. Holy Cross was whistled for 19 fouls to Navy's 10 during the contest. Snyder was credited with four saves in goal.
Navy will close out its non-conference schedule on Tuesday night at Howard, beginning at 7:30 PM in Washington, D.C. Navy will close out its season next Saturday, Nov. 3, when it hosts Colgate at 8:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis.
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