Mids Head to UMBC for Tuesday Night Showdown
Sept. 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (1-2-2) will face a challenging non-conference test on Tuesday evening by taking on UMBC at the Retriever Soccer Park at 7:00 PM. Live statistics and free live video will be available.
UMBC is unbeaten this season at 5-0-0 and was ranked 23rd in the nation in the September 10th NSCAA poll. The Retrievers are also ranked 17th by Top Drawer Soccer and 21st by College Soccer News.
Navy most recently fell at High Point, 2-0, on Saturday evening. The Mids out shot High Point, 16-13, and limited the Panthers to just three shots on goal, however, High Point converted on two of those shots in the 24th and 70th minutes.
Navy has out shot its opponents this season 97-59, almost a 2-to-1 ratio. The Mids have tallied five goals with four being in the second half and one, by sophomore Thomas Shiiba (Swarthmore, Pa.) against Central Connecticut State, being in overtime.
Sophomore Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) leads Navy with two goals scored and four points. Shiiba, junior Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) and freshman Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.) have also scored. Senior Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.) leads Navy with a pair of assists.
Senior goalkeeper Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) is 1-2-2 with a 1.26 goals-against average and a .720 save percentage.
Through September 15, UMBC is leading the country in scoring offense with 3.20 goals scored per game. Senior Pete Caringi leads the nation with eight goals and 17 points and teammate Geaton Caltabiano leads the NCAA with five assists.
The Retrievers have recorded wins over Seattle (3-1), UNLV (3-1), Central Connecticut State (3-1), St. Francis Brooklyn (3-1) and Radford (4-1).
Navy and UMBC will be meeting for the 25th time in series history on Tuesday. Navy holds a 16-4-4 lead in the all-time series. UMBC defeated Navy in 2012, 2-1. Shiiba scored in the 58th minute to give Navy a 1-0 lead, but Caringi answered in the 64th and then Navy gave up an own goal in the 82nd minute.
Navy defeated a top-25 team just last season by downing No. 20 George Mason on September 19 in double overtime, 2-1.
The Mids are in the midst of a season-long four-game road swing. Following the UMBC contest, Navy will play at George Washington on Saturday and then at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, September 24. The Navy-Virginia Tech game will be streamed on ESPN3.com.