Navy Men's Soccer Takes on Richmond on Saturday Night
Sept. 14, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team continues its non-conference schedule with a Saturday night contest against Richmond, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. It marks the final home game before league play starts next weekend against Lafayette.
The Midshipmen enter the contest with a 1-2-1 mark after Wednesday's 1-1 tie with Delaware. Richmond is 1-4-0 overall, having lost four straight games.
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Navy is 1-2-1 after Wednesday's 1-1 draw with the 2011 CAA Champion, Delaware Blue Hens. The Midshipmen dominated the game, but needed a Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.) goal in the 75th minute to rally for the tie. Navy outshot the Blue Hens, 22-12, and drew eight corner kicks to Delaware's five.
Navy is once again showing off its balanced scoring. Three different players have scored the three goals this year and four different players have scored points. Last season, Navy had 12 players score goals and 17 players in all scored points.
Navy's losses this year have come to Old Dominion and High Point. The combined record of the two teams that have beaten Navy is 9-0-0 and they have outscored their opponents by a combined 32-5 margin. Old Dominion is tied for the nation's lead (with Maryland) in goals per game (3.75), while High Point is third.
Navy is outshooting its opponents by a 67-54 margin, but are shooting just 4.5 percent (three goals in 67 shots), while opponents are shooting 13.0 percent (seven goals in 54 shots). Navy leads the Patriot League in shots per game (16.75) by a wide margin. American is second, averaging 12.83 shots per game.
Navy has outshot three of its four opponents this year (Robert Morris, High Point and Delaware).
Sophomore Joseph Greenspan is tied for the league lead in shots with 16. He also paces the league in shots per game (4.00), almost a full shot ahead of Lafayette's Blake Fink (3.20).
Navy is off to another slow start in 2012 with its 1-2-1 record and with just three goals in four 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 15-11-4 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 saw a four-game home winning streak end last Saturday against High Point, but is still 14-10-3 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility under Dave Brandt.
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.
Richmond enters the contest with a 1-4-0 overall record, but the victory come in a 1-0 win over James Madison in the season opener. James Madison would defeat No. 1-ranked North Carolina earlier this week. The Spiders were 5-12-1 last year and 4-5-0 in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Spiders have lost four games in a row by a combined score of 7-1. The losses have come to Virginia Tech (1-0), William & Mary (3-0), Davidson (2-1) and Appalachian State (1-0).
Richmond has been outshot this year, 88-49, an average of 17.6 to 9.8 shots per game. Opponents have taken 36 corner kicks to Richmond's 22 this year.
Shane Powell and Timmy Albright have scored Richmond's goals this year.
Thomas Hand has played the majority of action in goal this year, registering a 1.30 GAA with a .760 save percentage. He has made 19 saves against six goals allowed in 416 minutes.
Navy leads the series with Richmond, 7-3-0, and has won two meetings in a row with the Spiders. The .700 winning percentage is the fifth-highest winning percentage for the Navy men's soccer program over an opponent with a minimum of 10 meetings.
The Midshipmen topped the Spiders last year, 2-1, rallying from a very-early 1-0 deficit. Richmond took a 1-0 lead in just the second minute, but Billy Sweetman tied the game in the 19th minute and David Jackson (Sr. / Forest, Va.) scored the game-winner in the 89th minute for a 2-1 victory. The Midshipmen outshot the Spiders by a whopping 32-14 margin, but Thomas Hand made an incredible 20 saves to keep the Midshipmen at bay. Navy drew 10 corner kicks to Richmond's one during the contest.
Navy is 41-26-7 all-time against the Atlantic 10 Conference, while head coach Dave Brandt is 4-2-0 against the league while at Navy. The Mids were scheduled to play Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU earlier this year, but that game was canceled by lightning.
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.
Navy will head to Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, then travel to scenic PPL Park, the home of MLS' Philadelphia Union, for the Star Game against Army on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2:00 PM.
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