Oct. 31, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Navy men's soccer team scored three second-half goals to rally for a 3-1 victory over Howard on Wednesday night at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The victory guarantees Navy a .500 record on the season, moving the Midshipmen to 7-6-3 overall with one game left. Howard fell to 3-14-1 on the season.
The win was also the 275th career victory of head coach Dave Brandt's career, now with a 275-54-26 career record in his 16th year.
"We just got off to a slow start in the second half and were content to just pass the ball around and not attack," said Brandt. "The second half was much better. They didn't get any solid chances in the run of normal play and we took over in the final 45 minutes. I was pleased with the way we bounced back in the second half. We became much more aggressive."
A defensive miscue gave Howard a 1-0 lead just 17 seconds before halftime, but Navy came out blazing in the second half, tallying three second-half netters.
Leading the charge was freshman Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.), who finished the night with a hand in all three goals and five points (2 g, 1 a) overall. The Midshipmen tied the game in the 59th minute when freshman Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.) sent a ball into the box on a corner kick, when Vogel was able to deposit it into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
The assist was also Shiiba's fifth of the season, tied for the second most by a freshman in school history, behind just Seth Walters' eight helpers in the 1991 season.
About 20 minutes later, Vogel was credited with the game-winner, when he gathered a rebound of an Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) shot, put a move on a defenseman and slid a shot past the Howard keeper for his first career two-goal game. The game-winning goal came in the 79th minute, giving Navy a 2-1 cushion.
Just seven minutes later, sophomore Joseph Greenspan
(Westfield, N.J.) added an insurance goal to give the Midshipmen a 3-1 advantage. Vogel was able to spin around the defense, turn the corner and send a pass into the box, where Greenspan sent a six-yard shot inside the post for his fifth goal of the season. Greenspan now has a team-best 14 points on the year.
Vogel entered the contest with just four points, but now has nine points on the season coming on four goals and one assist.
Navy has now scored in 13 straight games this year, matching the program's longest streak of scoring in consecutive games since tallying at least one goal in 21 straight games during the 1974-76 seasons. Navy also had 13-game scoring streaks in 1986-87 and 1976-77.
Navy outshot Howard, 18-7, including by an 11-1 margin in the second half. The Midshipmen also had 11 corner kicks to Howard's one and was whistled for only two fouls to Howard's 12.
Aaron Dupere (Jr. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) earned his first start of the year, stopping two shots in the first half. Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) was credited with the win after playing the second half. He faced one shot and made no saves.
Navy closes out the season on Saturday night with an 8:00 PM game against Colgate at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. Fans that show their Florida Atlantic football ticket stub at the soccer game will receive free admission.
# GO NAVY #