Nov. 3, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team held one-goal leads twice on Saturday night, but Colgate answered both times, then scored the game-winner with just 1:55 left in the second-overtime session to hand the Midshipmen a 3-2 setback in the season finale.
Navy ended its 2012 season with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 1-4-2 mark in Patriot League play. All four of Navy's losses in league play came by one goal.
"I really have no words tonight. I thought we played very hard for not having anything to play for, but again, we just continued to hurt ourselves," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We gave up goals in the last six minutes of three league games on set pieces against Colgate, American and Army, and were just moments from finishing second in the league. I have never seen anything like it. It is very frustrating."
Navy took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute as sophomore Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) scored his team-best sixth goal of the season. Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) beat his man along the endline, sent a pass to Derek Vogel (Fr. / Long Beach, Calif.), who then chipped a pass to Greenspan, who easily scored inside the right post for a 1-0 margin.
The goal gave Greenspan 16 points on the season, the most for a Navy player since McKenzie Plank scored 19 points in the 2006 season. In addition, Wilson's assist was his sixth of the season, tied for the 10th most in a season in school history.
However, Colgate tied the game at 1-1 in the 53rd minute on a scramble off a free kick just inside the midfield line. Mike Garzi was able to somehow find room in a crowded area and slid a shot inside the left post.
Navy responded when freshman Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) scored his first goal of the season in the 85th minute with an assist to Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.). Valenstein slid a pass to Dubyoski, who dribbled the ball into the center of the field and rocketed a shot into the left corner for a 2-1 Navy lead.
But again, Colgate tied the game at 2-2 four minutes later with just 1:25 to play in regulation. The goal was scored nearly the exact same way as the Raiders' first goal, coming on a mad scramble in the box, this time by Tyler Forbes.
Navy had some decent chances in overtime, but it was the Raiders that scored the game-winner with just 1:55 to play when Ryan Groffie scored his first goal of the season.
"I just feel bad for our guys. We gave it everything we had tonight. Two of their goals came when they just threw it into the box and somehow found the back of the net. It was just a cruel fate after playing well," said Brandt.
Both teams recorded 17 shots in the contest, but Colgate had 12 shots on goal, forcing Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) to stop nine shots in goal. Navy had four corner kicks to Colgate's three.
Navy ended the season with a 7-7-3 mark, but returns 10 players that started tonight's game for the 2013 season, as well as most of the Midshipmen's scoring and all four goalkeepers that saw action this year.
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