Nov. 6, 2013
Army-Navy Cup II
Army (12-2-2, 6-1-1 PL) vs. Navy (12-3-2, 8-0-0 PL)
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM
PPL Park (18,500) | Chester, Pa.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (12-3-2, 8-0-0 PL) will face Army (12-2-2, 6-1-1 PL) in the Army-Navy Cup II at PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union, in Chester, Pa. on Friday at 7:00 PM. The game is the 80th edition of the Army-Navy game and will determine the men's soccer Star Game winner.
Navy has already clinched the Patriot League Regular Season title and the No. 1 seed for the postseason tournament and Army has clinched the No. 2 seed. Navy will host the Patriot League semifinals and final from November 15-17.
Navy will face the lowest remaining seed from the quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 12 and Army will face the other semifinal winner. Navy will play at 4:00 PM on Friday and Army will play at 7:30 PM. The Patriot League final will be played on Sunday in Annapolis at 1:00 PM.
Navy has won its first Patriot League Regular Season title since 1991, its first year in the conference. The Mids have also won 11-straight games, which is the longest active winning streak in the country. Additionally, Navy is ranked No. 24 in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25 poll and is receiving votes in the NSCAA and College Soccer News Polls.
Navy has outscored its opponents 22-4 during its 11-game winning streak. The Mids lead the Patriot League in scoring with 1.71 goals per game, while ranking third in scoring defense (0.79 GAA).
Sophomore Jamie Dubyoski
(Catonsville, Md.) leads Navy with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Junior defenseman Joseph Greenspan
(Westfield, N.J.) and senior midfielder Martin Sanchez
(Salisbury, Md.) each have 10 points. Sanchez's eight assists this season lead the Patriot League, rank 12th in the nation and are tied for the third-best single season total in school history.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) is 11-0-0 between the pipes and leads the nation with a .911 save percentage. He also ranks second in the country with a 0.36 goals-against average. Snyder has been dominant in conference play, where he is 8-0 with five shutouts.
Navy's most recent win was a 2-1 decision over Loyola last Saturday, which clinched the Patriot League Regular Season title as Navy moved to 8-0 with 24 points. Sanchez scored Navy's first goal and later assisted on Derek Vogel's (Long Beach, Calif.) game-winning header in the second half.
Vogel was named the Patriot League BRINE Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. Also, seniors Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md.) and Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District II First Team last week.
Navy brothers Thomas Shiiba (So., forward) and Mark Shiiba (Fr., defenseman) are from Swarthmore, Pa., which is just seven miles from PPL Park.
Head coach Dave Brandt is in his fifth season at Navy and is 3-0-1 all-time against Army, while the program has an overall record of 38-27-14 against the Black Knights. Brandt enters Friday's game with a career record of 287-58-28 (.807).
The two teams tied 1-1 in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park last season. Navy scored in the 53rd minute on a goal by Nick Dubee, but Army was given a penalty kick in the 88th minute to draw even for the eventual tie. The game was played in front of 3,672 fans.
Both Army and Navy opened the Patriot League season at 6-0-0 and it appeared the Army-Navy Cup would determine the league's regular season champion, but Army went 0-1-1 in its last two games and Navy seized the opportunity by going 2-0 to clinch the No. 1 seed. Army fell to Holy Cross, 2-1, and then tied Lafayette, 0-0.
Army, at 12-2-2, is enjoying a resurgent season in 2013 after having five-straight seasons with double-digit losses. Fourth-year head coach Russell Payne was 14-32-6 in his first three years at West Point.
Army features one of the top defenses in the nation and is anchored by junior goalkeeper Winston Boldt. As a team, Army leads the NCAA in shutout percentage (0.75) and save percentage (.904), while ranking second in goals-against average (0.48). Individually, Boldt is third in the country in save percentage (0.900) and is fourth in goals-against average (0.476), ranking behind Navy's Snyder in both categories.
Nick Williams (four goals, one assist) and Sean Mogan (three goals, three assists) share Army's team lead of nine points each. Ethan Spivack is third with eight points on four goals.
Navy is ranked No. 6 in this week's NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Poll and Army is No. 8.
The Army-Navy Cup II is Navy's regular season finale. Navy will next play in a Patriot League semifinal game at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Friday, November 15 at 4:00 PM.