Navy Men's Soccer Hits the Road to Face Delaware on Wednesday Night
Sept. 11, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team takes to the road for just the second time this season when it travels to Newark, Del., to face Delaware. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM at the Delaware Multi-Purpose Stadium on the grounds of the University of Delaware.
The Midshipmen are coming off a 2-0 shutout loss to a very strong High Point team. Navy's other loss came to No. 11-ranked Old Dominion, with the lone win being a 2-0 blanking of Robert Morris on Aug. 30. Delaware enters the contest with a 1-4-0 record with losses to Massachusetts (1-0), North Carolina State (6-0), Duke (2-1) and Pittsburgh (1-0). The contest with Navy will be the home opener for the Blue Hens.
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Navy has lost a pair of games by shutout to Old Dominion and High Point. The combined record of the two teams that have beaten Navy is 8-0-0 and the two teams have outscored their opponents by a combined 30-5. High Point and Old Dominion are tied for the nation's lead (with Maryland) in goals per game (3.75).
Navy is outshooting its opponents by a 45-42 margin, but are shooting just .044 percent (two goals in 45 shots), while opponents are shooting .143 percent (six goals in 42 shots). Navy leads the Patriot League in shots per game (15.00) by a wide margin. American is second, averaging 12.83 shots per game.
Navy has outshot two of its three opponents this year (Robert Morris and High Point).
Navy is off to another slow start in 2012 with its 1-2-0 record and with just two goals in three games so far. A year ago, Navy started 1-3-2 and was outscored 15-10 in the first six games of the year. Navy finished last year by going 6-4-3 in its last 13 games. Navy is 15-11-3 in August and September during the Dave Brandt era.
Navy is 19-2-1 under Brandt when scoring at least two goals in a game, but just 2-18-1 when allowing two or more goals.
Navy is 7-15-6 on the road under Brandt and is 0-3-3 in its last six road games dating back to last year.
Sophomore Joseph Greenspan leads the league in shots with 16. He also paces the league in shots per game (5.33), over two shots per game ahead of Lafayette's Blake Fink (3.25 per game).
Head coach Dave Brandt needs one win to move into a tie for fourth place on the school's career victories list. Rich Miranda is fourth with 24 victories.
Delaware comes into Wednesday's game with a 1-4-0 record and has been outscored, 11-3, so far this year. All five of Delaware's games have been played away from Newark.
The Blue Hens were one of the surprises of the country last year, winning the CAA Tournament and falling in the NCAA Tournament's second round to UCLA, 1-0. The Blue Hens finished with a 13-6-4 record.
Delaware opened the season with three straight losses, before topping Duquesne last Friday, 2-1. Delaware fell to Pittsburgh, 1-0, in its most recent contest on Sunday. The Blue Hens have outshot their foes, 66-60, but have seen their opponents take 35 corner kicks to their 17.
Vincent Mediate, Evan Reed and Joe Dipre have all scored goals for Delaware.
Jay Lupas owns a 2.20 GAA with a .656 save percentage in goal while playing all 450 minutes.
Navy leads the series with Delaware, 9-6-2, but the Blue Hens are 5-1-2 against Navy in the last eight meetings dating back to 2002. Navy's lone win during that span was a 3-1 decision in the 2010 game played in Newark.
Last year's meeting with Delaware produced the highest-scoring game in Glenn Warner Soccer Facility history as the Blue Hens topped Navy, 5-3. Delaware jumped out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads, before Navy scored twice in a 12-minute span to tie the game at 3-3 with 15 minutes to play. However, the Blue Hens tacked on two more goals in the final 12 minutes for the 5-3 decision. Seven of the game's eight goals were scored in the second half.
Delaware's Roberto Gimenez (a junior this year) scored a facility-record six points (2 g, 2 a) for the Blue Hens. The two teams combined for 46 shots, including 28 in the second half.
Navy will return home on Saturday, Sept. 15, when it hosts Richmond at 7:00 PM. The contest will be streamed online via Navy All-Access on NavySports.com(.)
Following the Richmond game, Navy will travel to George Mason on Sept. 18, then hosts Lafayette in the Patriot League opener on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 PM.
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