Sept. 4, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Defenseman Will Riordon (Oak Ridge, N.C.) and goalkeeper Evan Barnes (Dublin, Ohio) earned the Patriot League's first installment of the men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week accolades, respectively, for their roles in last weekend's games at the Anders Navy Soccer Classic. It marks the first time since Oct. 27, 2003, that Navy has had two weekly award winners handed out by the Patriot League.
Riordon, a 5-10, 170-pound senior that serves as the team captain, spearheaded a Navy defense that was stingy in a scoreless tie against Temple and a 1-0 win against Air Force. Riordon and his teammates allowed two foes just 16 total shots in 200 minutes of action, including just two in the first half of both games combined. Just seven of the shots were on goal. In Navy's 0-0 tie with Temple on Friday night, the Owls recorded just seven shots, while in Sunday's 1-0 win over Air Force, the Falcons recorded nine shots. The award is the first weekly honor for Riordon and marks the first time since Oct. 4, 2005, that a Navy player won Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. It was the first time since Oct. 27, 1996, that a Navy non-goalie won the accolade.
Barnes, a 6-4, 215-pound senior, also earned his first weekly accolade after recording shutouts in the first two games of the season. In the season-opening win against Temple, Barnes recorded three saves in 110 minutes, then added three more in a 1-0 win over Air Force on Sunday. Barnes is tied for first in the Patriot League in goals against average (0.00), save percentage (1.000) and shutouts (2), while ranking fifth in saves per game (3.00). The shutouts were the third and fourth of his career, and he moved his career record to 5-6-2 with the wins. It marked the first time Navy has recorded back-to-back shutouts since Sept. 11-16, 2005, and the first time Navy recorded shutouts in the first two games of the year since the 2004 campaign. For his career, Barnes has made 50 saves for a career save percentage of .769, and a GAA of 1.08. Barnes is Navy's first winner of the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award, which started being awarded in 2006.
Meanwhile, on the Patriot League leaderboard, the Mids rank fifth in shots per game (11.50), seventh in goals per game (0.50), tied for third in assists per game (1.00), tied for first in goals against average (0.00), tied for first in shutouts (1.00), tied for first in fouls per game (14.00) and sixth in corner kicks per game (3.50). Navy leads the league in attendance early on, averaging 1,014 fans per game. The contest against Temple drew 775 fans, the eighth-largest crowd to witness a men's soccer game at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, and Sunday's game against Air Force drew 1,254 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in men's soccer history at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Navy will travel to Baltimore this weekend for the UMBC Soccer Classic to take place on Sept. 7 and 9, at UMBC. Navy will play Iona at 2:00 pm on Friday, before taking on St. Francis (N.Y.) at noon on Sunday. Navy's next home game will occur on Sept. 29, as 2006 Patriot League Tournament champion Bucknell comes calling at 7:00 pm, for the Patriot League opener.
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