Sept. 24, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team steps out of Patriot League play on Tuesday, traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Big East member Pittsburgh at Ambrose Urbanic Field on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM and live stats will be provided on NavySports.com(.)
The Midshipmen enter the contest having won three straight games and are 4-2-1 overall. Pittsburgh enters Tuesday's game with a 6-1-2 mark, including a 4-1-1 record at home. The two teams have a common opponent in Delaware, as Navy tied the Blue Hens on the road, 1-1, while Pittsburgh topped Delaware, 1-0, at home.
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Navy is 3-0-1 over its last four games, outscoring its foes, 12-4, in the process. During Navy's current three-game winning streak over Richmond (5-0), No. 20-ranked George Mason (2-1) and Lafayette (4-2), Navy has scored 11 goals. The Mids scored three goals in the season's first four games, and have jumped from 167th in the NCAA scoring offense rankings on Sept. 9 to likely the top 30 when the new NCAA rankings come out this afternoon.
Navy's four-game unbeaten streak is the second longest of the Dave Brandt era. Last year's team went on a five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) late in the season.
Navy snapped a 10-game winless streak (0-8-2) against Lafayette, dating back to the 2001 season, which had been tied for the longest active winless streak against one opponent.
Navy's four goals against Lafayette were the most for a Navy team against a Patriot League opponent since scoring four against Army on Oct. 28, 2005. In addition, the four goals were the most against Lafayette since tallying six against the Leopards in the 1937 season, a span of 28 games.
During the first half of Navy's last two home games (Richmond and Lafayette), the Midshipmen have scored eight goals (five vs. Richmond, three vs. Lafayette).
In the first four games of the season, Navy had three goals on 67 shots, a shooting percentage of 4.5 percent. In the last three games, Navy has 11 goals on 43 shots, a shooting percentage of 25.6 percent, meaning Navy has scored on roughly one of every four shots it has taken in the last three games.
In the win over Lafayette, Joseph Greenspan (So. / Westfield, N.J.) became the first Navy player since Doug DeVuono in 2007 (vs. Florida Gulf Coast) to record a hat trick with a three-goal effort against the Leopards. The performance capped off an eight-point week (3 g, 2 a) for Greenspan. Greenspan now is tied for the Patriot League lead with nine points, is second in points per game (1.29) and second in goals scored (3).
Derek Vogel (Fr. / Long Beach, Calif.) also had an outstanding week, scoring goals in both games against George Mason and Lafayette. His goal against Lafayette came in the 43rd minute giving Navy a huge boost before intermission and a 3-1 lead, just two minutes after the Leopards scored to cut the Navy lead to 2-1.
Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) has scored a point in three straight games, recording six points (1 g, 4 a) in the last three outings. He had four points (1 g, 2 a) against Richmond, and then assists against George Mason and Lafayette. Wilson is fourth in the Patriot League in points (8), first in points per game (1.33), first in assists (4) and first in assists per game (0.67).
Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) tied a career high with five saves in the win over Lafayette.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati in its Big East opener on Saturday night, but still owns a sterling 6-1-2 record, including a 4-1-1 mark at home.
The Panthers are outscoring foes, 14-7, on the season while outshooting their opponents, 135-124 (15.0 to 13.8 per game). Opponents are shooting just 5.6 percent against Pitt.
Nick Wysong and Nico Wrobel have combined for 10 of Pittsburgh's 14 goals, and 23 of its 38 points this year. Both Wysong and Wrobel have five goals each.
Lee Johnston has played the majority of time in goal, registering a 0.74 GAA with a .841 save percentage. Johnston has 37 saves in 846 minutes of action.
Navy leads the all-time series with Pittsburgh, 5-0-0, but this will be the first meeting since the 1959 season.
Navy's five-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers is the fourth longest active unbeaten streak for Navy against one opponent.
Navy is outscoring Pittsburgh, 19-5, in the five all-time meetings. Despite winning all five games, Navy has yet to record a shutout against the Panthers, as Pitt has scored one goal in all five meetings.
Navy is 27-11-2 all-time against the Big East Conference and won its last meeting against the league, a 1-0 win over 20th-ranked West Virginia on Oct. 16, 2007.
Navy heads to beautiful PPL Park in Chester, Pa., the home of the Philadelphia Union, for the Army-Navy Cup on Sunday, Sept. 30. Kick-off is slated for 2:00 PM and tickets can be purchased online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the PPL park box office.
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