Navy Men's Soccer Opens League Play By Hosting Lafayette
Sept. 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team kicks off Patriot League play on Saturday night as Lafayette comes to visit Annapolis and the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Kick-off is slated for 8:00 PM and tickets are available prior to the game at the GWSF ticket window.
The Midshipmen are looking to run their unbeaten streak to four games as Navy is 2-0-1 in its last four outings and 3-2-1 overall. Lafayette, meanwhile, is 2-4-1 overall and is coming off a 2-0 shutout victory of Mount St. Mary's a week ago.
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Due to Navy's football game with VMI on Saturday, the Navy men's soccer shuttle will now depart from the Naval Exchange at 321 Kinkaid Road, Annapolis, Md. Parking is free at the Naval Exchange and will drop fans off at the front entrance of the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. There will be no soccer shuttle from the football stadium on Saturday.
Bring your ticket stub from the Navy Football game vs. VMI and receive FREE admission at the gate.
Bring your ticket stub from the Navy Women's Soccer game vs. Boise State and receive FREE admission.
NFCU Night: All members of NFCU will receive the group rate by showing their NFCU credit cards or checks.
JROTC Night: JROTC members may attend the game at a discounted price if purchased in advance. ($3 ticket)
Family Night Out: For $20, a family receives four tickets, four hot dogs, and four Coca-Cola products.
Social Saturday: Check the Navy Athletics Facebook page or Twitter feed for a special Navy Men's Soccer deal.
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Navy is 2-0-1 in its last three games, having outscored opponents, 8-2, in the process. The Mids are coming off a 2-1 double-overtime victory over #20 and previously unbeaten George Mason on Wednesday night. The win was Navy's first over a ranked opponent since Oct. 16, 2007, a 1-0 win over No. 20-ranked West Virginia.
With the win over George Mason, Navy is now 16-9-4 during the month of September under Dave Brandt.
Navy improved to 6-1-9 all-time in overtime games under head coach Dave Brandt. Navy also improved to 14-11-0 in one-goal games and are 21-2-1 when scoring two or more goals in a game.
Navy's losses have come to two of the nation's six remaining unbeaten and untied teams in Old Dominion and High Point.
Navy has outshot its last five opponents by a 90-54 combined margin. Over that span, the Midshipmen have allowed just 10.8 shots per game and four goals scored.
Eight different players have scored Navy's 10 goals this year. Wilson and Grant Valenstein are the only two players with multiple goals.
Alex Wilson leads the team with seven points (2 g, 3 a) and ranks third in the Patriot League in points (7), first in points per game (1.40), fourth in goals (2), second in assists (3) and first in assists per game (0.60). Wilson was selected as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, as well as the NAAA Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.
Joseph Greenspan is tied for the team lead in assists with three. He recorded zero assists last year as a freshman.
Dave Arnold recorded his first goal of the year, the game-winner against George Mason. It was his first goal since his freshman year when he led Navy with five goals.
Derek Vogel was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week last Monday and scored his first career goal in the win over George Mason.
Over the last three games, Gavin Snyder has a 0.69 GAA with an .800 save percentage (2 GA, 8 saves). He stopped a career-high five shots in the win over George Mason. Not included in the total was a penalty-kick save against the Patriots in the 88th minute.
With the victory over George Mason, head coach Dave Brandt moved into fourth place on the school's career wins list with 25.
Lafayette enters the contest with a 2-4-1 mark, but is just 1-3-1 in its last five games. The Leopards defeated Mount St. Mary's, 2-0, in their last outing. Lafayette's other win came against Penn, 3-2, in the second game of the year. Lafayette's losses have been to Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac, Cornell and Drexel with a tie against La Salle.
Lafayette is getting outscored, 9-7, on the season. The Leopards are paced on offense by Alec Golini and Blake Fink with five and four points, respectively. The Leopards are getting outshot, 103-69, on the season, an average of 14.8 to 9.9 shots per game. In the second half and overtime, the margin is 64-32.
Nathan McDonald, last week's Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, owns a 1.50 GAA and a .750 save percentage (18 saves, 6 GA).
The series is tied at 16-16-4 between the two teams, but it has been all Lafayette as of late. Navy ended an eight-game losing streak to the Leopards last year with a scoreless draw, but the Leopards are still 8-0-2 against the Midshipmen in the last 10 meetings. The 10-game winless streak against the Leopards is tied for the longest-active winless streak against one opponent. Navy's last win in the series came in 2001 in Easton, Pa., a 1-0 Navy victory. Since Navy joined the Patriot League in 1991, Navy is just 6-15-2 against the Leopards.
Navy travels to Big East member Pittsburgh, which is off to a 6-0-2 start entering league play Saturday against Cincinnati, on Tuesday for a 7:00 PM start.
The Midshipmen will then face Army on Sept. 30, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., beginning at 2:00 PM.
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