Navy Men's Soccer Battles Colgate in Regular-Season Finale
Alex Wilson ranks second on the team with 13 points (4 g, 5 a).
Nov. 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team will look to play the role of spoiler on Saturday night as Colgate comes to Annapolis for the regular-season finale for both teams. The Midshipmen and Raiders kick off at 8:00 PM from the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Live stats and video will be available on NavySports.com(.)
The Midshipmen enter the contest with a 7-6-3 overall record following their 3-1 win over Howard on Wednesday night. The Midshipmen could finish in a tie for fourth (based on other results as well) in the Patriot League and currently own a 1-3-2 record for five points. Colgate, meanwhile, is 4-7-3 overall and 2-1-3 in the Patriot League. A Navy win over the Raiders could eliminate last year's tournament champions from this year's Patriot League Tournament.
Due to Navy's football game with VMI on Saturday, the Navy men's soccer shuttle will now depart from the Naval Exchange at 321 Kinkaid Road, Annapolis, Md. Parking is free at the Naval Exchange and will drop fans off at the front entrance of the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. There will be no soccer shuttle from the football stadium on Saturday.
Navy defeated Howard in its last outing, 3-1, on Wednesday night by scoring all three of its goals in the second half after Howard took a 1-0 lead with 17 seconds left before halftime.
The Midshipmen improved to 7-6-3 and guaranteed Navy a record of .500 or better for the 2012 season. Navy has now had three straight seasons of .500 records or better for the first time since 1999-01.
The win was also Dave Brandt's 275th of his career in his 16th season as a collegiate head coach.
Navy wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 6-3-1 record.
Navy freshman Derek Vogel scored two goals and added an assist for a five-point outing against the Bison. He became the first Navy freshman since 1993 (Justin Lemmon vs. Temple) to tally two goals in a game and the fifth freshman to do so ever. In addition, his five points were the most for a Navy freshman since Dan Humphrey recorded six points on three goals in a win over Catholic in 1978. The five points were the second most by a freshman in school history.
Vogel became the first Navy player this year to record multiple game-winning goals, as he also tallied the game-winner against Lafayette.
Joseph Greenspan netted the other goal for the Mids, and now leads the team with 14 points and five goals. He ranks third in the Patriot League in points (14) and fifth in goals (5).
Greenspan's 53 shots are tied for the third most in a season in school history. Greenspan set the school record last year with 61 shots.
Navy and American are the only schools in the Patriot League with three players with at least 10 points. In fact, only one other team, Bucknell, has two players in the league with 10 points.
Navy leads the Patriot League in goals (30) and goals per game (1.88). The Midshipmen are fourth in goals against average (1.36).
Freshman Thomas Shiiba and junior Alex Wilson rank tied for second in the Patriot League in assists (5). For both players, the five assists equal the most for a Navy player in a season since Brye Gerhardt had six in 2001 (Mark Garcia also had five assists in 2007). Shiiba's five assists rank as the second most by a freshman in school history behind Seth Walters' eight helpers in 1991.
The freshman, sophomore and junior classes have combined to score 77 of Navy's 84 points this year, accounting for 91.7 percent of the scoring. The classes have scored 28-of-30 goals and dished out 21-of-24 assists. Freshmen have scored 21 (7 g, 7 a) of the points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Navy is just 3-3-0 at home this year and 16-12-3 under head coach Dave Brandt at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
When Navy scores at least two goals this year, the Midshipmen are 7-1-0. When scoring at least two goals under Dave Brandt, Navy is 25-3-1, and when scoring at least one goal, Navy is 29-10-6 under Brandt. In all seven of Navy's wins, the Midshipmen have scored at least two goals.
Navy is 21-4-4 under Brandt when scoring first; 8-24-2 when opponents score first.
When holding opponents to zero or one goal, Navy is 26-7-11 under Brandt, including 6-0-3 this year.
Navy is 3-21-1 under Brandt when allowing foes to score at least two goals and 1-6-0 this year.
Navy owns a 6-2-11 mark under Brandt in overtime games.
The Midshipmen are just 2-5-1 in games played on Saturday this year.
Navy is 18-11-7 under Brandt when outshooting its foes, including 5-3-2 this year.
Colgate leads the all-time series with Navy by a 10-9-5 advantage, but Navy is 5-2-3 against the Raiders in Annapolis.
In the last seven games against the Raiders in Annapolis, the Midshipmen are 4-0-3 against Colgate. Colgate's last win in Annapolis came in 1995.
The last three games between the two teams in Annapolis have ended in draws. Two of them were scoreless ties and the other was a 1-1 draw in 2008.
Navy's last win in the series overall came in 2004, a 2-1 victory in Annapolis. Since then, Navy is 0-3-4 against the Raiders and have scored just one goal (2008) in seven games.
This will be the final game of the 2012 season for the Navy men's soccer team.
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