Navy Men's Soccer Continues Roadtrip Tuesday at Longwood
Grant Valenstein has dished out assists in back-to-back games.
Oct. 22, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team travels to Farmville, Va., on Tuesday night to face Longwood at 7:00 PM in its second game of a four-game roadswing. Live stats will be available via link on NavySports.com.
Navy played well on Saturday against American, but could not get its desired result in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Eagles. Navy enters the contest with a 5-5-3 overall record and a 1-2-2 Patriot League mark. Longwood comes into Tuesday's game with a 3-10-3 overall record and a 2-6-1 record in the Big South Conference.
Navy has hit a bit of a rough patch in the last couple of weeks, posting a 0-3-2 record in its last five games, including three straight losses, with two of them coming to league opponents and both by one goal.
Navy has scored a goal in 10 straight games, its longest streak since scoring in 10 straight games to start the 2000 season.
The last time Navy has scored in 11 straight games came during the 1986-87 seasons, when the Midshipmen scored at least one goal in 13 straight games.
Navy has outscored its opponents in the first half, 14-9, including 13-5 in the last eight games, scoring its 13 goals on 62 shots.
Navy has lost back-to-back games when scoring first, falling to UMBC and American. Navy entered the season 16-2-3 under Dave Brandt when scoring first, but is just 4-2-1 this year.
Navy lost for just the third time under Dave Brandt when scoring at least two goals in a game. Navy's other losses were to Bucknell (3-2) and Delaware (5-3) a year ago.
Individually, Joseph Greenspan (So. / Westfield, N.J.) and Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) lead the Midshipmen with 12 points, four goals and four assists each. Navy and American are the only teams in the Patriot League to have at least two players score at least 10 points.
Greenspan and Wilson rank tied for fifth in the Patriot League with 12 points, are tied for seventh with four goals and tied for second with four assists.
Greenspan continues to lead the Patriot League in shots per game (3.77 per game). He set the school record a year ago with 61 shot attempts and has 49 attempts this year. All four of his goals have come during league play.
Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.) has dished out assists in back-to-back games.
David Jackson (Sr. / Forest, Va.) is Navy's current active career points leader with 29 points. He is the leader in goals (10) and is tied with Alex Wilson for the lead in assists (9).
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.
Navy goalkeepers Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) and Aaron Dupere (Jr. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) have split time evenly over the last two games. Snyder has started the first half of each game, while Dupere has played the second half. Snyder leads the team with a 1.29 GAA and 36 saves.
Navy freshmen, sophomores and juniors have scored 21 of Navy's 23 goals and have dished out 16 of the 18 assists, accounting for 58 of Navy's 64 points (90.6 percent) this season. Freshmen have scored 12 of those points (4 g, 4 a).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Navy is 2-2-3 away from Annapolis this year and 11-16-9 under head coach Dave Brandt.
When Navy scores at least one goal in a game this year, the Midshipmen are 5-2-3. When scoring at least one goal under Dave Brandt, Navy is 27-9-6. The Midshipmen have yet to win a game this year when scoring just one goal.
Navy is 20-3-4 under Brandt when scoring first; 7-24-2 when opponents score first.
Navy is 23-3-1 under Brandt when scoring at least two goals.
When holding opponents to zero or one goal, Navy is 24-7-11. When Navy scores zero or one goal, Navy is 4-25-11 under Brandt.
Navy is 3-21-1 under Brandt when allowing foes to score at least two goals.
Longwood enters Tuesday's match with a 3-10-3 overall record and a 2-6-1 Big South record, its first year in the league.
Longwood has allowed teams to score 31 goals this year, while the Lancers have scored just 13 times and have been outshot 212-131 (14.1 to 8.7 shots per game).
Longwood's wins have come against UNC Asheville, VMI and George Washington. The Lancers are 0-3-2 in their last five games.
Jonathan Kukapa leads the Lancers with seven points (2 g, 3 a), while Devin Pierce and Anthony Ugorji have contibuted two goals and one assist each.
Paul Hegedus has played the most of three Longwood keepers, posting a 1.04 GAA and a .737 save percentage in 676 minutes of action. Carl Carpenter has played 538 minutes, registering a 2.21 GAA with a .660 save percentage.
Navy is just 1-3-0 against Longwood in program history, with all four games coming since 2007.
Navy's lone win in the series came in 2007, a 2-1 victory in Farmville. It was the program's 600th win all-time.
Longwood has won the last three games by a combined 6-2 margin. The last two games have been decided by identical 2-1 scores.
Navy remains on the road on Saturday with a 7:00 PM kick-off against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. With just two games to play, Navy and the Crusaders are tied in the league standings with five points each, just one point out of fourth place and the final spot for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.
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