ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team looks to continue its forward momentum on Tuesday night as the Mids travel to Fairfax, Va., to face George Mason, beginning at 7:00 PM at George Mason Stadium. The match will be the final tune-up for the Midshipmen before Patriot League play starts on Saturday against Lafayette.
Navy is coming off an impressive 1-0-1 week in which it tied Delaware, 1-1, and blasted Richmond with five first-half goals in a 5-0 victory over the Spiders. George Mason, meanwhile, is the third undefeated team Navy will face this year as the Patriots enter the contest with a 6-0-0 mark. Navy has also faced undefeated Old Dominion (6-0-0) and High Point (6-0-0).
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Navy is coming off a 1-0-1 week in which it tied Delaware, 1-1, and defeated Richmond, 5-0. The Midshipmen enter Tuesday's game with George Mason having held opponents scoreless over the last 191 minutes after Delaware scored in the ninth minute of last Wednesday's contest.
The Midshipmen are 2-1-1 in their last four games.
Navy's two losses this year have come to opponents with a 12-0-0 record (Old Dominion and High Point). The two squads have combined to outscore their opponents, 43-8. Old Dominion is ranked fourth in the latest CollegeSoccerNews.com national poll released on Monday, while High Point is 28th.
Navy's offense erupted against Richmond. The five goals were the most in a game since scoring five against VMI on Sept. 4, 2010. In addition, Navy's five goals in the first half were the most in a half since scoring five in the second half against UMES on Oct. 24, 1995.
Five different players scored Navy's goals, giving head coach Dave Brandt six different goal scorers this year.
Grant Valenstein has scored a goal in back-to-back games, tying him for the team lead in goals (2).
Alex Wilson tallied a career-high four points on one goal and two assists against Richmond. He had a hand in Navy's first three goals, dishing out assists on Navy's first two netters, before scoring a goal of his own. His two assists tied a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility record for assists in a game and he now shares the current active lead with seven career assists. For his career, he has 17 points (5 g, 7 a) in 38 career games.
Navy held Richmond to four shots, the fewest since holding Howard to four shots on Oct. 25, 2011.
Navy is outshooting its foes, 89-58, an average of 17.8 to 11.6 shots per game. However, Navy is shooting just 9.0 percent to opponents' 12.1 percent.
Navy has outshot four straight opponents by a combined 79-39 margin.
With the victory over Richmond, head coach Dave Brandt moved into a tie for fourth place on the school's career wins list with 24.
GEORGE MASON NOTEBOOK
George Mason is off to a sensational start in the 2012 season, compiling a 6-0-0 record while outscoring foes, 18-5, early on (3.00 goals per game to 0.83). The Patriots are outshooting their opponents, 93-37, an average of 15.5 to 6.2 shots per game.
The Patriots have defeated future Navy opponents American and UMBC in the last 16 days, both coming by 2-1 margins. George Mason topped American in double overtime.
Timmy Mulgrew leads George Mason with 12 points (4 g, 4 a) while Taylor Morgan has contributed 10 points (5 g, 0 a).
Eight different players have scored George Mason goals, while four players have at least two goals. Entering last week's play (updated Sept. 11), George Mason ranked fourth nationally in scoring (3.20 GPG). When the new rankings come out this week, the Patriots will almost assuredly be in the top 10.
George Mason marks the third team (Old Dominion, High Point and George Mason) ranked in the top five nationally in scoring that Navy will have faced.
Dustin Butcher has played all 552:34 in goal, compiling a 0.81 GAA and a .615 save percentage with two shutouts. He has made eight saves against five goals allowed.
George Mason leads the series with Navy, 7-2-2, and is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings dating back to 1982. Navy's last win came in 1988 and the Patriots have won three straight games against the Midshipmen by shutout. In 11 games with George Mason, the Patriots are outscoring Navy, 13-5.
The two teams played annually when Navy was a member of the CAA from 1983-90.
George Mason will be the third member of the CAA Navy will face this year. The Mids lost to Old Dominion, 4-0, in the season opener and tied Delaware, 1-1, last week.
Navy will host Lafayette in the Patriot League opener on Saturday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, beginning at 8:00 PM. Fans that bring a VMI football ticket to Saturday's soccer game will receive free admission. NOTE: The shuttle bus for the Navy soccer game vs. Lafayette will depart from the Annapolis Naval Station at 321 Kinkaid Road, Annapolis, MD. Parking is free at the Annapolis Naval Station.