Sept. 9, 2011
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Navy (1-2-1) at UMBC (2-0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 7:00 pm
Retriever Soccer Park (1,500) Baltimore, Md.
The Navy men's soccer team travels up I-97 to take on local rival UMBC on Saturday night, beginning at 7:00 pm in Baltimore. The Midshipmen enter the contest on a two-game unbeaten streak and are 1-2-1 on the season, while UMBC is 2-0-1 on the season while not allowing a goal all year.
The contest will be the first road game for the Mids since a 4-1 setback at currently No. 16-ranked VCU in the season opener and will be on the only road battle in a current six-game stretch from Sept. 1 to Sept. 17.
The Navy Notebook
Navy is coming off a wild 3-3 tie against Loyola, Md., on Wednesday night in a game that was played in a driving rainstorm before eventually being suspended with 6:48 to play by lightning. Loyola entered the game ranked fourth in the NSCAA / North Atlantic regional rankings.
Navy led 2-0 against the Hounds, saw Loyola score three straight, then tied the game at 3-3 on a David Jackson tally just 41 seconds before the game was suspended.
Navy outshot Loyola, 25-13, and had nine corner kicks. Two of Navy's goals came off corner kicks from the foot of Wes Powell.
Three of Navy's four goals over the last two games have come directly off corner kicks.
Navy's 25 shots equaled the most for a Navy team since recording 27 shots against Oneonta State on Sept. 6, 1998. The Mids also had 25 shots against George Washington last year.
Navy is now 13-0-1 under Dave Brandt when scoring at least two goals in a game after scoring three against Loyola, Md.
On the flipside, Navy is 2-11-1 when teams score two or more goals against Navy.
Wes Powell dished out two assists for the second time in his career, and tied a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility record with the two assists.
Navy has had six different players score Navy's six goals this year, and seven different players lead the team with two points.
Zach Davis and Joseph Greenspan each scored their first career goals in the tie against Loyola, Md.
The six goals scored were the most combined goals in a game since Oct. 20, 2006 (4-3 loss to Army). It also marked the first time Navy did not win when scoring three ore more goals since that Army contest.
Navy has allowed nine goals in four games after allowing just 13 goals in all 16 games a year ago. Last year, Navy did not allow an opponent to score more than two goals in a game. A year ago, it took opponents until the 13th game to score nine goals.
During the Dave Brandt era, Navy is 7-2-1 at home against non-conference foes. Navy has outscored its 10 foes by a 23-9 margin. Since the start of last year, Navy is 5-1-1 at home against non-conference opponents, outscoring them, 19-6.
Navy is 12-7-1 in August and September in two years under Brandt, but just 4-11-4 in October and November.
Michael Rakoczy is Navy's current active leading scorer with 21 points on eight goals and five assists.
Navy was selected sixth in the preseason Patriot League poll in voting done by the league coaches and sports information directors. Colgate was followed by Bucknell, American, Lehigh, Lafayette, Navy, Holy Cross and Army.
Winners of five national titles (1932, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1964), the Midshipmen are one of the most elite programs in NCAA history, winning 618 games, the 15th most among all NCAA programs.
Scouting UMBC / The Series
UMBC enters the contest with a 2-0-1 record and is receiving votes (36th overall) in the NSCAA National Top 25 poll. The Retrievers defeated Mount St. Mary's (1-0) and Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0) while tying St. Francis, N.Y. (0-0).
UMBC welcomes back eight starters from last year's team that lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to William & Mary on penalty kicks while posting a 12-4-4 record.
Leading the Retrievers is senior forward Andrew Bulls, who has scored 87 career points (29 g, 29 a) and was named a preseason Hermann Award candidate and preseason All-American.
Dan Louisignau has played every minute in goal, registering 13 saves for a 1.000 save percentage and a 0.00 GAA. UMBC has outscored its opponents, 2-0, so far this year.
Navy leads the all-time series with the Retrievers, 16-3-3, and are 2-0-2 in the last four meetings with UMBC.
Navy topped the Retrievers, 2-0, a year ago in Annapolis in the third contest of the year. Patrick Sopko
and Michael Rakoczy
scored goals, Aaron Dupere
made four saves and Navy held UMBC to just 11 shots for the entire contest.
Navy was slated to play five teams that reached the NCAA Tourmament a year ago, but with the postponement of the Aug. 28 game against Old Dominion, that number has been reduced to four (UMBC, UNC Greensboro, Virginia, Bucknell).
Six of Navy's first seven opponents this year reached their respective conference tournament a year ago.
Navy has a 27-man roster in 2011, comprised of just three seniors and six juniors. Eighteen of the 27 players on the team are freshmen or sophomores.
Sixteen states are represented on the roster, with four members hailing from Maryland and Virginia each.
Lastly, five players had relatives either graduate from the Academy or work in the U.S. Navy (Christian, Skogerboe, Skord, Sopko and Valenstein).
Following Navy Soccer
There are many ways to follow Navy Soccer and Navy Athletics.
Live Stats / Gametracker: www.NavySports.com
Email Updates: https://lists.usna.edu/archives
Also this year, select soccer games will be streamed online as part of Navy All-Access at www.NavySports.com.
Navy will host Delaware next Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:00 pm at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
-- Make it a Navy Soccer Week: All fans who purchase a ticket to the Men's Soccer game vs. Delaware receive FREE admission to the Men's soccer game vs. UNC Greensboro on Saturday at 7:00 pm.
-- High School Night: All high school students receive $3 admission by showing their school ID.
-- Daddy / Daughter Night: Dads come spend a fun filled night with your daughter at the Navy soccer game. All dads and daughters are invited to take a picture in the soccer hall of fame.
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