Mids Fall to Wake Forest, 2-1, in the NCAA Second Round
Nov. 24, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Navy men's soccer team's 2013 season came to a close in the NCAA Second Round after falling to No. 14 Wake Forest (10-5-5), 2-1, on Sunday evening at Spry Stadium. Navy finishes the season at 16-4-2.
Wake Forest scored in the 27th minute to take a 1-0 lead but Navy's Jamie Dubyoski answered just five minutes later to even the game at 1-1. The Demon Deacons then scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute to advance to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen to face No. 3 Notre Dame.
"We're disappointed," head coach Dave Brandt said. "Wake's a very good team, we know that and everybody knows that. I thought we were in the game but it wasn't our best performance on the day. Wake has something to do with that and I think we had something to do with that. I think our guys realized that. I don't think we showed our best. We just weren't as sharp as we could have been."
Navy's remarkable season included a 15-match winning streak, its first Patriot League Tournament title, a Patriot League Regular Season Championship (9-0-0) and a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Army in the Star Match. Navy also won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1971 with its 3-0 win over VCU in the first round on Thursday.
"It was a big season for Navy men's soccer," said Brandt. "Our guys have to appreciate that and I think they will when this wears off a little bit. But we didn't come in for a moral victory, we came in to win."
Navy had a good look in the 20th minute when senior Nick Dubee carried the ball down the left side, cut back inside and fired a right-footed shot to the near post, but Wake Forest goalkeeper Andrew Harris made a diving save. Navy earned a pair of corner kicks right after but couldn't get another look on goal.
In the 27th minute, Wake Forest's Michael Gamble sent Ricky Greensfelder free down the left side and came in on goal, drawing Gavin Snyder out. Greensfelder then crossed into the box to a cutting Sean Okoli who received the ball eight yards out and had a wide-open goal in front of him and easily finished his ninth of the season.
Just five minutes later, Navy senior Guy Skord got to the ball in the midfield after a Snyder punt. Skord's pass was deflected by a Wake Forest defender, but Grant Valenstein re-gained possession and took the ball and passed through the defensive backline to a streaking Dubyoski. Dubyoski took a couple of steps and then ripped a shot to the left past Harris at 31:07. It was Dubyoski's team-leading 10th goal of the season.
"I don't know how Grant found that ball through," Dubyoski said of his goal. "I was probably a couple yards onside. I think they were flat-footed not expecting the ball through. Grant saw me see the run so he played it through and I was in."
Wake Forest's Okoli had another good attempt in the 45th minute just before halftime, but his header off a free kick went right over the goal.
Wake Forest scored the game-winner nine minutes into the second half when Greensfelder scored on a similar play as the Deacons' first goal. Chris Duvall played it to Luca Gimenez, who crossed to Greensfelder who knocked in the goal.
Just five minutes later, Snyder came out to challenge a ball and Wake Forest's Tolani Ibikunle ended up with possession and put a shot on an open net, but sophomore defenseman Derek Vogel got back in the play to make a save on the goal line.
Navy had a good look in the 70th minute when senior Dave Arnold and freshman Sam Bascom played a give-and-go game. Arnold got free on the left side and served a cross but couldn't connect to any teammates.
Navy applied pressure in the closing two minutes, but couldn't break free to put a shot on goal.
Wake Forest outshot Navy, 18-8, with a 12-2 edge in shots on goal. Navy owned a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Snyder matched a career high with nine saves. Snyder (15-1-0) set Navy season records for save percentage (.917), goals-against average (0.37) and solo shutouts (10).
Dubyoski set a Navy single season record for total shots with 62 and finishes the season with a team-high 23 points (10 goals, three assists). Arnold will graduate as the program's all-time leader in career games played with 74.
Navy set program records for wins in a season (16), shutouts (11) and total shots (357). Navy is 15-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament after playing its 25th NCAA Tournament game on Sunday.