Men's Soccer to Play NJIT for the First Time
Oct. 21, 2013
NJIT (5-8-2) at Navy (8-3-2, 5-0 PL)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Glenn Warner Soccer Facility | Annapolis, Md.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (8-3-2, 5-0-0 PL) will take a break from Patriot League play to host NJIT (5-8-2) on Tuesday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility at 7:00 PM. Free live video on the Patriot League Network and live statistics will be available.
Navy is off to a 5-0-0 start to conference play and is tied with Army for first place with 15 points. The Mids have won seven straight games, the most since winning eight straight in 2000. Also, the 5-0 start is Navy's best start to conference play ever in its 23 years as a member of the Patriot League.
The first six of Navy's seven straight wins were via the shutout, and although Navy allowed its first goal in 545 minutes against Bucknell on Saturday, the Mids were able to rally for the 2-1 win. Sophomore Derek Vogel (Long Beach, Calif.) scored on a header in the 56th minute and senior Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) scored the game-winner in the 72nd minute.
Goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) made six saves against Bucknell to improve to 7-0-0 and senior midfielder Martin Sanchez (Salisbury, Md.) had two assists in the contest to continue his playmaking ways this season.
Vogel was named the Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week on Monday and Snyder was named the league's goalkeeper of the week. Vogel and Snyder also combined efforts on Wednesday in Navy's 2-0 win at Lafayette.
Snyder is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA (and the Patriot League) in goals-against average (0.14) and save percentage (.958).
NJIT, a Division I Independent school, enters Tuesday's game at 5-8-2. The Highlanders are coming off a 3-0 loss at Seton Hall last week. Marko Drljic leads the team with 13 points on five goals and three assists.
NJIT has used a pair of goalkeepers this year. Alexander Czempik is 2-4-1 with a 1.25 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .791 save percentage. David Tuchinsky is 3-4-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .778 save percentage.
This is the first ever meeting between Navy and NJIT.
Navy will return to Patriot League play on Saturday at third-place Holy Cross. With a win against the Crusaders, Navy would improve to 6-0-0 in conference and would clinch a berth in the six-team Patriot League postseason tournament.
Fans are reminded that the general public does not have access to drive their vehicles on to the U.S. Naval Academy. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5 and take a shuttle that will run every 10 minutes starting one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and for one hour after.