Mids Look To Get Back on Track Saturday at American
Oct. 19, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team looks to get back on track on Saturday, when it travels to the nation's capital to face Patriot League-leader American at 1:00 PM on the campus of American University.
The Mids enter the contest with a 5-4-3 overall mark and a 1-1-2 record in the Patriot League, good for a fourth-place tie in the league standings with five points. American, meanwhile, is 7-5-2 overall and 2-0-2 in league play for eight points, which is tied for first with Colgate.
American will offer live streaming video of the match for a one-time single-game fee of $7.95.
The contest with American kicks off a four-game roadswing. Following the game with American, Navy travels to Longwood (Oct. 23), Holy Cross (Oct. 27) and Howard (Oct. 30), before ending the season at home against Colgate (Nov. 3).
Navy enters the game on a bit of a skid, going 0-2-2 in its last four games, tying Army (1-1) and Bucknell (1-1) in Patriot League play and losing to Lehigh (2-1) and UMBC (1-2).
Navy is in a tie for fourth in league play and plays American (2-0-2; tied for first), Holy Cross (1-1-2; tied for fourth) and Colgate (2-0-2; tied for first) in league play yet.
Last year after four league games, Navy had four points (1-2-1) but went 2-0-1 in its final three games against the same opponents to reach the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2001.
Navy and American are tied for ninth in the latest NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings that came out on Monday.
Navy has scored a goal in nine straight games, its longest streak since scoring in 10 straight games to start the 2000 season. During the current nine-game stretch, Navy has outscored its foes, 19-11.
Navy has outscored its opponents in the first half, 13-8, including 12-4 in the last eight games, scoring its 12 goals on 55 shots.
The Midshipmen lead the Patriot League in goals per game (1.75) and shots per game (16.08). Navy ranks 39th in the country in scoring offense.
Individually, Joseph Greenspan (So. / Westfield, N.J.) leads the Midshipmen with 12 points, four goals and four assists while Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) is right behind him with 10 points, three goals and four assists.
Greenspan ranks tied for third in the Patriot League with 12 points and leads the league with 48 shots. He set the school record a year ago with 61 shot attempts. In addition, his four goals rank tied for fifth in the Patriot League and all four of his goals have come during league play.
Twelve different players have scored goals for the Midshipmen and two more have added assists as 14 different players have scored points for the Midshipmen. Last year's team saw 12 players score goals and 17 players tally points.
Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) has played all but 90:00 in goal, registering a 1.26 GAA and a .694 save percentage while making 34 saves. He stopped a career-high six shots a week and a half ago against Bucknell and ranks fifth in the Patriot League in GAA.
Navy's Aaron Dupere (Jr. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) saw his first action of the year in the second half against UMBC after recovering from offseason hip surgery. Dupere, who originally was thought to be out for the season, stopped six shots while allowing two goals in the second half. For his career, Dupere owns a 1.23 GAA, a .772 save percentage while making 125 saves in 2,698 minutes.
Navy freshmen, sophomores and juniors have scored 19 of Navy's 21 goals and have dished out all 14 assists, accounting for 52 of Navy's 56 points (92.9 percent) this season. Freshmen have scored 12 of those points (4 g, 4 a), with seven (2 g, 3 a) coming from Thomas Shiiba.
American comes into the match with a 7-5-2 overall mark and is 3-1-1 in its last five matches, defeating Longwod (1-0), Army (3-2 OT) and Bucknell (1-0), tying Lafayette (1-1) and losing to Liberty (1-0).
The Eagles were last year's Patriot League regular-season champions and lost in the finals to Colgate, 2-0. In fact, American has been the Patriot League Tournament runner-up in each of the last three seasons.
American is led by a quartet of scorers in Colin Siegfried (4-4=12), Dale McDonald (5-1=11), Alassane Kane (4-1=9) and Chris Kuramoto (2-3=7). As a team, the Eagles are outscoring foes, 22-14, while getting outshot, 176-159. In league play, American is outscoring opponents, 6-4, while getting outshot, 52-47.
Billy Knutsen has seen the majority of time in goal, registering a 0.98 GAA and an .811 save percentage with 60 saves and four shutouts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Navy is 2-1-3 away from Annapolis this year, including 0-0-2 in league play. Navy is 3-4-6 under Dave Brandt in Patriot League games away from Annapolis, defeating Holy Cross two years ago (3-2), Army two years ago (1-0) and Lehigh (2-1) three years ago. Navy's last Patriot League road win came Oct. 23, 2010 against Holy Cross (3-2).
When Navy scores at least one goal in a game this year, the Midshipmen are 5-2-3, losing to Lehigh and UMBC. During Brandt's tenure at Navy, the Mids are 27-8-6 when scoring.
Navy is 20-3-4 under Brandt when scoring first, losing to UMBC (last Tuesday), Longwood (Oct. 19, 2010) and North Carolina State (Oct. 26, 2010). Navy is 7-24-2 under Brandt when opponents score first.
Navy is 23-2-1 under Brandt when scoring at least two goals; when holding opponents to zero or one goal, Navy is 24-7-11.
Navy is 3-19-1 under Brandt when allowing foes to score at least two goals; when Navy scores zero or one goal, Navy is 4-25-11 under Brandt.
American leads the all-time series with Navy by a 9-8-7 margin, and is 6-4-2 against the Midshipmen since joining the Patriot League in 2001.
Navy has had decent success at Reeves Field in the past, tying in each of the last two games there by identical 0-0 scores. Navy also won there by a 1-0 score in 2006, and is 1-1-2 in the last four meetings there.
The Midshipmen went 1-0-1 against the Eagles last year, defeating American, 2-1, in the regular-season before tying 0-0 in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. The Eagles would advance to the finals, winning penalty kicks, 4-3.
Navy remains on the road for a Tuesday night game in Farmville, Va., against Longwood. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM.
# GO NAVY #