Men's Soccer To Play at High Point Saturday
Aaron Dupere leads the PL in total saves.
Sept. 13, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (1-1-2) will return to North Carolina for the second time this season when the Mids take on High Point (1-3-0) on Saturday at 7:00 PM at Vert Stadium. Live statistics and live video will be available.
The Mids are coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Central Connecticut State last Saturday in Annapolis. Sophomore forward Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.) scored on a header in the 100th minute, with just 11 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. Freshman forward Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.) scored in the 59th minute. Senior midfielder Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.) assisted on both goals.
The overtime victory was Navy's first win over the year. The Mids had previously played to a pair of 1-1 draws at Davidson and Appalachian State before falling to St. Francis Brooklyn, 2-1.
Through four games, sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) leads Navy with two goals and four points. Senior goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) has played every minute for Navy this fall and is 1-1-2 with a 1.10 goals-against average and a .733 save percentage.
Navy is leading the Patriot League in shots per game (20.25) and ranks fourth of 10 teams in goals-against average (1.10). Individually, Dupere ranks first in the conference in total saves (17) and is tied for third with his 1.10 GAA.
The win over Central Connecticut State last weekend was head coach Dave Brandt's 30th win at Navy.
High Point (1-3-0) struggled defensively early in the season, giving up 13 goals in a 0-3 start. The Panthers lost to Old Dominion (3-2), No. 8 UAB (5-1) and South Carolina (5-2).
High Point turned it around on Wednesday, earning a 3-0 win at UNC Greensboro, who entered the week ranked No. 18 in the College Soccer News poll.
Junior forward Mamadee Nyepon scored a pair of goals in the win over UNC Greensboro and has a team-high four goals on the season. Nyepon was an all-conference first-team performer last fall with 13 goals and 29 points.
The Panthers have used a pair of goalkeepers this year. Sophomore Kody Palmer is 1-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average in 201 minutes. Palmer was named the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2013. Freshman keeper Ryan Massey is 0-2 with a 4.53 goals-against average in 159 minutes.
The Panthers were 12-5-3 last year and 5-3-2 in the Big South. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals of the Big South Tournament before falling to Coastal Carolina, 2-1.
High Point defeated Navy in Annapolis, 2-0, last fall in the first meeting in the series. Nyepon scored both goals for High Point in the contest. Navy is 10-8-1 all-time against the schools from the Big South Conference.
The High Point contest is the first of a season long four-game road trip. The Mids will next play at No. 23 UMBC on Tuesday, September 17.