Nov. 8, 2013
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CHESTER, Pa. - Navy junior defender Joseph Greenspan's sixth goal of the year couldn't have come at a better time as he knocked in a pass from Dave Arnold in the 106th minute to give Navy (13-3-2, 9-0-0 in the Patriot League) a 1-0 victory over Army (12-3-2, 6-2-1) and the N-Star in soccer for the fourth time in the last five years (4-0-1). The game was played in front of a terrific crowd of 7,416 at a chilly PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
"The goal came off a free kick and we had been dangerous on those all night," said Greenspan. "Dave got his head on it and got it over to me right in front of the goal and I was able to knock it in. After that it was just a blur."
The approximate 50 Mids that made the trip from Annapolis stormed the field and swarmed Greenspan at midfield as the Mids celebrated its 12th straight win, the nation's longest winning streak.
Navy appeared to win the game in regulation when Patrick Sopko knocked in a rebound shot after Thomas Shiiba's shot hit the post in the 85th minute, but the officials controversially called Sopko offsides.
"I will have to take a look at the tape, but Patrick swears it was a good goal," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "That made Joseph's goal even sweeter. It's tough for him to score on a free kick because everybody knows he's a target. Our guys kept battling tonight."
The Mids dominated the game statistically, outshooting Army, 18-9, and taking four corner kicks to Army's 1. Goalie Gavin Snyder, who improved to 11-0-0 on the year, made three saves including an outstanding stop on a shot by Army's Sean Morgan in the 75th minute.
Navy will play host to the Patriot League Tournament next Friday and Sunday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. The Mids will play against the lowest remaining seed after Tuesday's Quarterfinal games at 4:00 PM, while #2 seed Army will take on the highest remaining seed at 7:30 PM. The two winners will advance to the championship game on Sunday at 1:00 PM with the winner gaining an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been 25 years since Navy has played in the NCAA Tournament and that's our goal," said Brandt. "We have a decent RPI so we could get in as an at-large, but we want to win the league tournament. That's the goal."