Navy Men's Soccer Faces Holy Cross In Key League Contest
Oct. 26, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team travels to Worcester, Mass., on Saturday night to face Holy Cross at 7:00 PM in its third game of a four-game roadswing. Live stats will be available via link on NavySports.com.
The Midshipmen enter the contest with a 6-5-3 overall record after stopping a five-game winless streak with a 3-0 win over Longwood on Tuesday night. The Midshipmen and Crusaders are tied in Patriot League play for fifth place (with Bucknell) with five points and a 1-2-2 record. The three teams are tied for fifth, just one point out of fourth place and the final league playoff spot. The Crusaders sport a 4-8-2 overall record and are 2-1-2 in their last five games.
Navy ended a five-game (0-3-2) winless streak with a 3-0 blanking of Longwood on Tuesday night. It was Navy's first win since a Sept. 25 win over Pittsburgh (3-1) and its first shutout since a 5-0 win over Richmond on Sept. 15.
Navy has scored a goal in 11 straight games, its longest streak since scoring in 13 straight games during the 1986-87 seasons.
With its three goals against Longwood, Navy has now tallied at least three goals four different times this year. Navy hasn't been shut out since a 2-0 loss to High Point on Sept. 8.
Navy continues to lead the Patriot League in goals (26) and goals per game (1.86). The Midshipmen rank fourth in goals against average (1.34).
Individually, Alex Wilson (Jr. / Phoenix, Ariz.) leads the Midshipmen in points (13) and assists (5) and is tied for the team lead in goals (4). He ranks third in the league in points (13), second in points per game (1.00), seventh in goals (4) and goals per game (0.31), second in assists (5) and second in assists per game (0.38).
Sophomore Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) ranks seventh in the Patriot League in points (12) and continues to lead the Patriot League in shots per game (3.71 per game). He set the school record a year ago with 61 shot attempts and has 52 attempts this year. All four of his goals have come during league play.
Navy and American are the only two teams in the Patriot League to have at least two players with 10 or more points.
Grant Valenstein (So. / Laguna Hills, Calif.) has scored five points in the last three games (1 g, 3 a), including a three-point effort (1 g, 1 a) in the win over Longwood. Valenstein now ranks tied for third on the team with Thomas Shiiba (Fr. / Swarthmore, Pa.) in scoring with nine points.
David Jackson (Sr. / Forest, Va.) is Navy's current active career points leader with 29 points (10 g, 9 a).
Twelve different players have scored goals for the Midshipmen and three more have added assists as 15 different players have scored points for the Midshipmen. Last year's team saw 12 players score goals and 17 players tally points.
Eric Skogerboe (Sr. / Leesburg, Va.) scored his first career point, an assist, against Longwood. The helper came in his 67th career game. Both Skogerboe and David Jackson would need Navy to reach the Patriot League Tournament to tie the school record for career games played (71), if they both play in every game to end the season.
Navy freshmen, sophomores and juniors have scored 24 of Navy's 26 goals and have dished out 18 of the 21 assists, accounting for 66 of Navy's 73 points (90.4 percent) this season. Freshmen have scored 14 of those points (5 g, 4 a).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Navy is 3-2-3 away from Annapolis this year and 12-16-9 under head coach Dave Brandt.
When Navy scores at least one goal in a game this year, the Midshipmen are 6-2-3. When scoring at least one goal under Dave Brandt, Navy is 28-9-6. The Midshipmen have yet to win a game this year when scoring just one goal.
Navy is 21-4-4 under Brandt when scoring first; 7-24-2 when opponents score first. Navy is 24-3-1 under Brandt when scoring at least two goals.
When holding opponents to zero or one goal, Navy is 25-7-11. 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.
Holy Cross leads the all-time series by a 13-8-2 advantage with all 23 meetings coming during the Patriot League era.
Navy has won the last two games in the series by one goal each. In 2010, Navy rallied from a 2-0 defict with three goals in a 13-minute span late in the second half to win the game. Last year, Patrick Sopko scored in overtime for a 2-1 victory.
Prior to Navy's two-game winning streak, Holy Cross had won four games in a row by a combined score of 10-1.
Navy will head to the nation's capital on Tuesday for its final regular-season road game against Howard, beginning at 7:30 PM.
The Mids then close out the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 3) at home against Colgate, beginning at 8:00 PM.
# GO NAVY #