Challenging 2013 Schedule Awaits Navy Men's Soccer Team
May 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Coming off its third straight .500 or better season, Navy head men's soccer coach Dave Brandt has released the 2013 schedule that features eight home games, road challenges at perennial powers High Point, UMBC, George Washington and Virginia Tech and the season finale against Army at PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union.
The two new Patriot League teams in 2013, Boston U. and Loyola, Md., will both make appearances at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility and this year's Patriot League Tournament has been expanded from four to six teams.
Navy opens the season in the Tar Heel State to face Davidson (6-11-1, 2-5-0 SoCon) on August 30 and Appalachian State (8-7-4, 2-3-2 SoCon) on September 1. Davidson leads the series, 1-0-1, but the two squads haven't played since the 2005 campaign. Navy and Appalachian State, which reached last year's Southern Conference Tournament, played to a 0-0 draw in Annapolis in the 2002 season in the only previous meeting between the two squads.
Navy returns home the next weekend for a pair of contests against Northeast Conference opponents. Navy will host Central Connecticut State (8-8-2, 6-3-1 NEC) on September 5 in the first meeting between the two squads, and then will close out the weekend on September 7 when it hosts St. Francis Brooklyn (7-10-1, 4-6-0 NEC). Navy owns a 3-1-1 record against the Terriers which includes a 2-1 victory during the 2011 season.
The following weekend on Sept. 14, Navy heads back to North Carolina to face a high-flying High Point (12-5-3, 5-3-2 Big South) squad that finished the year ranked 11th in the country in scoring and started its 2012 campaign with a 10-0-1 record. The Panthers defeated Navy a year ago, 2-0, in the rain in Annapolis during an early September tilt.
The contest with High Point kicks off a four-game roadswing as the Mids head up I-97 on September 17 to face a strong UMBC (11-4-7, 4-2-1 America East) program that advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament second round, defeating Old Dominion in the first round and losing to round of eight participant North Carolina on penalty kicks in the second round. Navy owns a 16-4-4 series lead against the Retrievers, but UMBC edged the Midshipmen, 2-1, last season.
After a three-year series hiatus, Navy and George Washington (5-13-0, 2-7-0 Atlantic 10) will renew their acquaintances on September 21, in Washington, D.C. Navy leads the series with the Colonials, 11-9-4, and snapped a five-game losing streak to the Colonials in the last meeting, a 4-0 Navy victory in 2010.
Navy closes out its season-long roadswing on September 24 at Virginia Tech (7-10-3, 0-7-1 ACC) in Blacksburg, Va. Navy leads the series with the Hokies, 3-1-0, but was defeated by Virginia Tech in the last meeting, a 3-0 setback to kick off the 2006 season.
The Midshipmen begin Patriot League play the following weekend when league-newcomer Boston U. (6-8-4, 3-2-2 America East) visits Annapolis on September 28 for the first meeting between the two squads. The Terriers were one of America East's better programs, winning seven conference titles in a 15-year span, the last one coming in 2008.
After an October 1 contest against Howard (3-15-1, 1-2-1 Atlantic Soccer), the Midshipmen travel to Easton, Pa., to face 2012 Patriot League tournament champion Lafayette (9-8-4, 3-1-3 PL) on October 5. Navy snapped a 10-match winless streak against Lafayette a year ago with a 4-2 victory and leads the all-time series, 17-16-4.
Navy heads to the Nation's Capital four days later on Oct. 9 to take on defending Patriot League regular-season champion American (11-6-2, 5-0-2 PL). American leads the series, 10-8-7, and defeated the Midshipmen, 3-2, in overtime after tying the contest at 2-2 in the 83rd minute. This will mark the second straight season Navy has played at American.
Colgate (5-8-6, 3-1-3 PL) comes to Annapolis for the second straight year on October 12. Colgate leads the series, 11-9-5, and dealt the Mids a 3-2 setback in the season finale a year ago. The Raiders scored goals in the 89th minute and 109th minute for the victory. The Raiders reached the Patriot League Tournament a year ago as the No. 3 seed.
The following weekend on October 19, Navy travels to Lewisburg, Pa., for the second straight year to face Bucknell (7-8-5, 2-3-2 PL). Navy leads the series with Bucknell, 22-11-3, following last year's 1-1 draw. The Bison reached the Patriot League Tournament a year ago as a No. 4 seed.
Navy will step out of Patriot League play for the final time in 2013 as NJIT (10-9-0) visits Annapolis on October 22 for the first meeting between the two teams.
Navy heads to Worcester, Mass., on October 26 to take on Holy Cross (5-10-2, 2-3-2 PL) in its final Patriot League road game of the season. Holy Cross leads the series with Navy, 14-8-2, including a 2-1 Crusaders' victory a year ago.
Navy will close out its home slate in the next week hosting Lehigh (4-12-1, 2-4-1 PL) on October 30 and Loyola, Md. (13-6-1, 7-1-0 MAAC) on November 2 in Annapolis. The Mountain Hawks defeated Navy, 2-1, last year but the Midshipmen lead the series, 29-18-7 overall. Loyola, Md., meanwhile, is entering the Patriot League one year after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular-season title. Navy and Loyola, Md., have met just three times (1-1-1) in series history, the last time coming in a 3-3 weather-shortened draw in 2011.
The Midshipmen wrap up the regular season on November 8 as they invade PPL Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union, to face Army (4-10-3, 1-3-3 PL) in Army-Navy Cup II. In last year's inaugural game at PPL Park, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw a year ago in front of the largest crowd to ever see a Navy soccer match (3,672). Navy leads the all-time series against the Black Knights, 38-27-14, and are 3-0-1 against Army during the Dave Brandt era.
With Boston U. and Loyola, Md., entering the league this year, the tournament format has also been altered. Instead of just four teams reaching the postseason, six teams will now earn spots in the Patriot League Tournament and will begin play on Tuesday, November 12, with a pair of campus sites hosting the quarterfinal games. The No. 3 overall seed will host the No. 6 seed, while the No. 4 seed hosts the No. 5 seed. The tournament will then reseed the squads and will shift to the site of the regular-season champion for the semifinal (Nov. 15) and championship game (Nov. 17).
Navy posted a 7-7-3 overall record in 2012 and returns almost 90 percent of its scoring from last year's squad that ranked 23rd nationally in scoring offense and had five players score at least 10 points for the first time since 2000. Brandt welcomes back seven starters and 19 letterwinners overall.
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