10/13/2004 - Men's Soccer
Gorden Earns League Honor; Mids Prepare For UMBC
Eric Gorden was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week following his performance against Colgate.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshman Eric Gorden (Longwood, Fla.) was named Patriot League Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week after helping Navy defeat Colgate, 2-1, last Saturday night. It is the first weekly honor for the team, who hosts rival UMBC tonight at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Gorden scored Navy's first goal in the victory over Colgate. The goal was scored in the 26th minute giving the Mids a 1-0 advantage. Gorden ranks tied for second on the team with five points (2 g, 1 a) and tied for first with two goals. Gorden has scored his goals on only five shots this year. He also played a vital role in shutting down the Raiders, limiting them to only 12 shots and one goal, which came on a penalty kick.
The Mids enter tonight's game with UMBC with a 3-6-2 overall record and 1-2-0 in the Patriot League. Navy, however, had perhaps its best performance of the year in its last outing, a 2-1 victory over Colgate. In that game, the Mids jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then allowed only a penalty-kick goal, before holding on for the win in the second half. Colgate outshot Navy, 12-10, and had seven corners to Navy's four. Navy was also victimized by 25 total fouls, including 14 in the second half, and nine offsides violations, but relied on its defense for the majority of the game.
UMBC enters the contest with a 5-4-1 record, after snapping a four-game losing skid in its last outing, a 3-0 victory over Vermont. The Retrievers are led by All-America candidate Derek McElligott. McElligott recently became the school's all-time leading scorer, and currently has 18 points (8 g, 2 a) on the season, ranking 26th in the country in points per game. Three other players have netted at least 10 points, as the Retrievers have outscored their foes, 24-11. As a team, UMBC is 14th in the country in scoring at 2.40 goals per game. Defensively, UMBC is paced by Andy Marchica in the goal. Marchica has posted a 1.16 GAA with a .771 save percentage. The Retrievers have also gotten out of the gates quickly, outscoring their foes, 15-5, in the first half.
Navy, meanwhile, has relied on its defense this season. The Mids rank third in the Patriot League in goals allowed per game (1.00) and first in saves per game (6.00). Frank DiFilippo (Springfield, Va.) continues his stellar senior season, ranking first in saves (64), saves per game (5.82) and third in GAA (0.81). The saves per game total is 13th in the country and his 0.81 GAA is just outside the nation's top 30. He has led a defense that has held all but one foe, Old Dominion, to one or fewer goals. Offensively, the Mids are paced by McKenzie Plank's (Mountain View, Calif.) six points. Three other players have tallied five points.
Navy has dominated the all-time series with UMBC, leading 15-3-1, including a 9-1-0 mark in Annapolis. Only eight of the games have been decided by one goal and Navy has shut out the Retrievers 11 times.
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