Nov. 15, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Two Navy men's soccer players were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team, the Patriot League office announced over the weekend. Sophomores Zach Davis and Martin Sanchez were honored for their roles in the tournament match game against American that ended in a 0-0 draw. The Mids finished their season with a 7-7-5 record, reaching the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in 10 years.
The Navy defense, fueled by Davis (So. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Sanchez (So. / Salisbury, Md.), played one of its best games to date in the 0-0 semifinal draw against top-seeded American. The Eagles, which would go on to win penalty kicks, 4-3, were held to just 13 shots with nine of them coming in regulation and four in the two, 10-minute overtime sessions. Just four of the shots were on goal as several were from well outside the box. It was Navy's fifth shutout of the year and was the third shutout over the last four games of the season.
The duo had Navy playing its best defensive ball of the season late in the year, holding opponents to one goal over the last four games, a 2-0-2 stretch for the Midshipmen. During that span, Navy's goals against average was a paltry 0.23 and foes connected on just one-of-40 shots with just 17 of the shots coming on goal.
Davis, a 6-0, 185-pound defenseman, appeared in all 19 games drawing starts in 15 of them. He finished the year with three points with a goal against Loyola, Md., and an assist coming against UNC Greensboro. In his two seasons at Navy, Davis has played in 31 games scoring four points (1 g, 2 a).
Sanchez, a 5-11, 175-pound holding midfielder, appeared in 18 games with starts in all of them this year. He recorded an assist in a 2-1 win over Richmond and has been the defensive catalyst for the squad in each of his first two years at Navy. During his career, he has started every game he has played in (34 games played), missing one game this year because of injury.
Davis and Sanchez will lead a strong Navy team into 2012, where head coach Dave Brandt
expects to return nine starters. The team will return 57 of the 67 points (85.1 percent) of its scoring, as well as all three goalkeepers that saw action in the 2011 season.
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