Navy to Face Wake Forest in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's soccer team (16-3-2) will meet No. 14 Wake Forest (9-5-5) in the NCAA Second Round at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday at 5:00 PM. Free live video and live statistics will be available. The winner of the Navy-Wake Forest game will face the winner of the No. 3 Notre Dame-Wisconsin winner in the NCAA Third Round on Sunday, December 1.
Navy won its eighth NCAA First Round game in program history on Thursday in its 3-0 win over VCU to advance to the second round. Wake Forest was one of 16 seeded teams to earn a bye into the second round.
Navy enters Sunday's second round matchup with a 15-game winning streak, which is the longest in Patriot League history and also the longest active winning streak in the country. Navy's last loss came over two months ago on September 17 to UMBC, who is also playing in the NCAA Second Round on Sunday.
Junior Geoff Fries scored a pair of goals in Navy's 3-0 win over VCU after scoring the game-winning goal in the Navy's Patriot League Championship game victory over Holy Cross. Fries has scored all three of his goals in Navy's last two postseason games.
Sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski continues to lead Navy in scoring with 21 points (9 goals, 3 assists). Junior defenseman Joseph Greenspan (7 goals) and senior midfielder Martin Sanchez (2 goals, 10 assists) are tied for second on the team with 14 points. Sanchez scored the game-winning goal in the NCAA First Round against VCU.
Senior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder is 15-0-0 with a 0.26 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and 10 shutouts. Snyder owns the Navy single season shutout record and has four straight clean sheets.
Head coach Dave Brandt, the Patriot League Coach of the Year, has Navy in the NCAA Second Round for the first time since 1971. While serving as the head coach at Division III Messiah from 1997-2008, Brandt made the NCAA Tournament 12 straight times and won six national championships
Last Time Out
Navy won its NCAA First Round game at VCU, 3-0, on Thursday. Sanchez scored in the 68th minute to break a 0-0 tie and then Fries scored a pair of goals in the next 7:36 for the 3-0 result. Snyder made four saves for his fourth straight shutout and his 10th of the season.
Navy-Wake Forest National Rankings Comparison
NSCAA Top 25: Wake Forest - 12; Navy - First team 'also receiving votes'
Top Drawer Soccer Poll: Wake Forest - 13; Navy - 19
RPI Rankings: Wake Forest - 16; Navy - 22
College Soccer News Poll: Wake Forest - 17; Navy - 25
Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest, the tournament's No. 14 seed, opened the season at 5-1-0 but then finished the season on a 1-2-1 skid to enter the tournament at 9-5-5. Wake Forest achieved it season-high NSCAA ranking of No. 9 in two different polls on September 17 and November 12.
Wake Forest placed third in the ACC Regular Season standings at 6-1-4, but was defeated in overtime, 1-0, by Virginia in the ACC Quarterfinals. Virginia scored on a penalty kick in the 94th minute and the PK was Virginia's only shot on goal for the entire game. That game was on November 12 and Wake Forest will have a 12-day layoff before playing on Sunday.
Wake Forest also got a bye in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, where the Demon Deacons were upset by Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in overtime. Wake Forest advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in 2009, where they lost to Virginia, 2-1.
This is the first meeting between Navy and Wake Forest. Navy defeated the only ACC team it faced this season, Virginia Tech, 2-0, on September 24.
Wake Forest's junior forward Sean Okoli, senior Luca Gimenez and senior midfielder Jared Watts were all named to the All-ACC First Team.
Gimenez leads the team with 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists) and Okoli is second with 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists).
Goalkeeper Andrew Harris is 5-2-2 with a 0.95 GAA in 853 minutes played and goalkeeper Alec Ferrell is 4-3-3 with a 1.12 GAA in 960 minutes. Harris played in the ACC Tournament against Virginia and in Wake Forest's regular season finale against Syracuse, as well as five of Wake's last six games.
Patriot League Championship Recap
Navy captured the 2013 Patriot League Championship with a 2-0 win over third-seeded Holy Cross at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility last Sunday. Senior Geoff Fries scored the game-winning goal in the 39th minute off a highlight reel bicycle kick assist from senior Patrick Sopko. Greenspan added an insurance goal in the 47th minute and Snyder posted his ninth shutout of the season, needing to make only one save. Navy outshot Holy Cross, 18-4.
Navy in the NCAA Tournament
Navy is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 1988. After its win over VCU, Navy is 15-9-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Mids won the 1964 NCAA Championships and were the runners-up in 1963. Navy also advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in 1965 and 1967. Navy advanced to nine tournaments from 1963 to 1974. The Mids are now 8-3-0 all-time in the first round.
This season is the 25th anniversary of the 1988 NCAA Tournament Team. Navy welcomed the 1988 team back for the Navy-Colgate game on October 12 and honored the team at halftime.
Patriot League Teams in the NCAA Tournament
The Patriot League has sent at least one representative to the NCAA Tournament every season since 2000, and also in 1995, 1996 and 1998. Patriot League schools have played in the NCAA Second Round seven times and the NCAA Third Round twice. Bucknell was the last Patriot League team to advance in the NCAA Tournament before Navy this season when the Bison defeated Princeton in 2009, 1-0, before falling to Virginia, 5-0, in the second round. In 2006, Lehigh received a first-round bye and then advanced on penalty kicks past Rhode Island in the second round before falling to Duke in the NCAA Third Round.