Navy Soccer Heads to PPL Park For Inaugural Army-Navy Cup
Sept. 28, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team (5-2-1, 1-0-0 PL) puts its five-game unbeaten streak on the line on Sunday against Army (2-6-0, 0-1-0 PL) in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup to be played at PPL Park, the home of the MLS' Philadelphia Union, in Chester, Pa. Kick-off is slated for 2:00 PM and live stats and video will be available via links on NavySports.com(.)
Navy has won four straight games over Richmond (5-0), No. 20-ranked George Mason (2-1, 2 ot), Lafayette (4-2) and Pittsburgh (3-1) by a combined margin of 14-4.
In the first halves of the last four games, Navy has outscored its opponents, 11-2, tallying its 11 goals on 35 shots.
Navy's current four-game winning streak matches the longest for the program since winning eight straight games during the 2000 season. The 2010 team also had a four-game winning streak to start the season.
Navy's current five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) is the longest since a six-game stretch (4-0-2) in the 2001 campaign.
With the 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, Navy has now won two straight games against the Big East Conference, one of the country's top soccer leagues. The Mids' last win over the Big East came on Oct. 16, 2007, a 1-0 win over No. 20-ranked West Virginia.
The win over West Virginia was also Navy's last over a ranked foe before beating No. 20-ranked George Mason, 2-1, on Sept. 19.
Navy is ranked eighth in the latest NSCAA / Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic regional poll, which came out Monday.
Navy's two losses on the season have come to No. 14-ranked Old Dominion (6-1-0) and RV High Point (9-0-0). At the time of the George Mason game on Sept. 19, Navy faced three of the last seven remaining unbeatens (Old Dominion, High Point and George Mason were all undefeated as of Sept. 19). Navy handed George Mason its first loss.
As of Sept. 26, the record of Navy's first eight opponents was a combined 40-25-5, which does not include VCU's 4-1-2 record. The Rams and Midshipmen were canceled on Sept. 1 because of lightning.
Combined with the Navy women's team, which owns an 11-game unbeaten streak (11-0-0) entering its match with American on Friday, the two Navy soccer teams have combined for a 16-game unbeaten streak (15-0-1).
Geoff Fries and Giiehti Christian each scored goals on Tuesday, giving head coach Dave Brandt 11 different goal scorers in 2012.
Thomas Shiiba has three assists (one vs. Lafayette and two vs. Pittsburgh) in the last two games.
Navy has scored big goals in the three minutes before halftime in each of the last two contests. Ironically, Shiiba assisted on both of them.
Joseph Greenspan was named the Patriot League / BRINE Offensive Player of the Week, the ECAC Division I Offensive Player of the Week, the NAAA Athlete of the Week presented by Rolls Royce and earned spots on the CollegeSoccerNews.com and Soccer America National Team of the Week after scoring eight points in wins over George Mason and Lafayette last week.
Greenspan dished out two assists against George Mason and then scored Navy's first hat trick since 2007 with three goals against Lafayette. His three goals were a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility record (on the men's side).
He then added an assist against Pittsburgh and has scored nine points (3 g, 3 a) in the last three games.
Greenspan and Alex Wilson lead the Midshipmen with three goals, four assists and 10 points.
The duo shares the league lead in points and assists.
Freshman Derek Vogel was named the Patriot League / BRINE Rookie of the Week for the second straight time after scoring goals against George Mason and the game-winner against Lafayette. He has tied a Patriot League record by being named the league's Rookie of the Week three times already this year.
In April, Vogel was one of 24 players nationally to be invited to try out for the US Under-20 National Team.
Junior Gavin Snyder has played all but 45 minutes in goal and over the last seven games has allowed just seven goals. He stopped a career-high five shots in the wins over George Mason and Lafayette. Snyder saved a penalty kick attempt by George Mason in the 88th minute to send the game into overtime.
Inside The Numbers (Brandt Era)
Navy is 6-1-9 in overtime games.
Navy is 4-22-9 when scoring one or fewer goals, but is 23-2-1 when scoring two or more goals.
Navy is 24-7-9 when foes score one or fewer goals, but is 3-18-1 when opponents score two or more goals.
Navy is 20-2-3 when scoring first, but 7-23-1 when opponents score first.
Navy is 18-9-4 during the month of September.
Inside The Series
Navy owns a 38-27-13 series lead against Army and carries a three-game winning streak against the Black Knights into Sunday's match.
All three of Navy's wins during this current stretch have come via 1-0 margins.
Dave Brandt is 3-0-0 against Army, becoming the first Navy coach in school history to win his first three meetings against Army.
Navy's three-game winning streak against Army is the longest for the Mids since winning 10 straight from 1955-64.
Navy has held Army scoreless for parts of four games, spanning 323 minutes. Army's last goal in the 45th minute of the 2008 meeeting.
Since Navy joined the Patriot League in 1991, the Midshipmen are 11-9-4 against the Black Knights.
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