Navy and Virginia Tech to Meet Tuesday Evening on ESPN3
Sept. 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Fresh off a 3-0 win at George Washington on Saturday, the Navy men's soccer team (2-3-2) will look to carry momentum into a Tuesday night clash with Virginia Tech (3-1-2) at Thompson Field in Blacksburg. The 7:00 PM game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
Navy had a sound overall performance in a win in rainy conditions at George Washington. Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) relieved an injured Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) in the fourth minute and helped Navy record its first shutout of the season. Snyder made three saves and Navy's defense held George Washington to three shots on goal and nine overall.
In addition to the team's first shutout, Navy established a new season high with three goals scored. Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski (Catonsville, Md.) netted his team-leading fourth of the season and junior Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) and freshman Alex Evans (Lansdale, Pa.) both scored their second goals of 2013.
Senior Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.) recorded his team-best third assist against GW on Greenspan's goal. Junior Geoff Fries (Broken Arrow, Okla.), sophomore Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) and senior Patrick Sopko (Gloucester, Va.) also recorded assists against the Colonials.
Navy battled with No. 21 UMBC last Tuesday, falling to the host Retrievers in double overtime, 3-2. Dubyoski scored in the ninth minute before UMBC took a 2-1 lead into halftime. Senior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) scored early in the second half and Navy more than held its own against the nationally-ranked Retriever team. UMBC eventually got the game-winner in the double overtime to escape with a victory.
Dubyoski has scored in back-to-back games twice this season, as he also did it against Davidson and Appalachian State. The sophomore is tied for third in the Patriot League with his four goals.
As a team, Navy is leading the Patriot League in shots per game (19.00) and ranks third in goals per game (1.43).
Virginia Tech enters the game at 3-1-2 overall and 1-0-2 in the ACC. The Hokies most recently tied No. 1 North Carolina, 0-0, on Friday evening at home in front of 2,053 fans. Earlier this season, Virginia Tech defeated No. 17 Syracuse, 2-1, in an ACC matchup.
Senior Robert Alberti is Virginia Tech's leading scorer with 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists). Daniel Lauretano has two goals and four points. Kyle Renfro is 3-1-2 with a 0.92 goals-against average and an .806 save percentage. The shutout against North Carolina was his second of the season and the 11th of his career.
Navy is 3-1-0 all-time against the Hokies. The series began in 1974 with the Mids earning three wins over the next four years. The two teams last met in 2006 with Virginia Tech claiming a 3-0 win. Navy is 51-32-12 (.600) against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tuesday's game is Navy's final non-conference contest before Patriot League play begins this weekend. Navy will host Patriot League newcomer Boston University on Saturday at 7:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.