Sept. 14, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Delaware's Roberto Gimenez scored six points and the Blue Hens scored the final two goals of the contest to take a wild 5-3 decision over the Navy men's soccer team on a warm evening at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Delaware, which is off to its best start since the 1995 season, improved to 3-0-1, while Navy drops to 1-3-2 overall.
"That was just a really poor performance by the Navy soccer team tonight," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "I did not see this coming. I have no idea why we did not show up tonight, but it is very frustrating and discouraging, especially after playing very well last week against Loyola and UMBC."
The five goals allowed were the most for an opponent since Old Dominion scored five times on Sept. 10, 2004, and the eight combined goals was a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility record. The eight combined goals also equaled the most in a Navy game since a 7-5 loss to Virginia on Oct. 11, 1995.
Delaware got on the board first in the 32nd minute when Kyle Ellis sent a shot toward Navy keeper Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) that deflected off Dupere and took a wacky bounce just inside the left post for a 1-0 advantage.
Navy had several chances in the first half, including a flurry by Nick Dubee (So. / Carolina, R.I.), who hit the crossbar and forced Delaware to make a team save with about five minutes left in the half. The score would remain 1-0 at the half with each team having nine shots.
Delaware pushed the lead to 2-0 when Gimenez scored just underneath Dupere's dive to the right post in the 51st minute.
Navy would start its comback in the 54th minute when Alex Wilson (So. / Phoenix, Ariz.) scored on a Michael Rakoczy (Jr. / Cincinnati, Ohio) assist to cut the lead to 2-1. The goal, Wilson's second of the season and third of his career, came on a 20-yard blast into the top right corner.
Delaware would regain a two-goal lead on Gimenez's second goal of the contest in the 56th minute.
The Midshipmen scored the next two goals, the first coming in the 62nd minute when David Jackson (Jr. / Forest, Va.) scored with an assist credited to Blake Busse (So. / San Diego, Calif.). Busse sent a cross into the box, where Jackson barely got a head on it before the Delaware keeper was able to get to it to cut the lead to 3-2. The tally was the second of the season for Jackson and fifth of his career.
Navy tied the game in the 75th minute when 6-5 freshman Joseph Greenspan (Westfield, N.J.) took another Blake Busse cross and headed the ball over Delaware goalkeeper Kris Devaux. The goal was Greenspan's second of the season.
But just two minutes later in the 77th minute, Kyle Nuel dribbled across the Navy defense at the top of the box and sent a shot into the top right corner for the eventual game-winner. Evans Frimpong added an insurance goal in the 89th minute for the 5-3 decision.
"Delaware had two very talented forwards, but that was no excuse for our effort," said Brandt. "To come back and tie the game at three and then give up the fourth goal the way we did two minutes later is just ridiculous."
Delaware outshot the Mids, 28-18, including a 19-9 advantage in the second half. The Blue Hens drew seven corner kicks to Navy's one and had 12 fouls to Navy's four. Dupere would make seven saves in goal for the Midshipmen.
Navy will host another strong team on Saturday night as UNC Greensboro comes to the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 pm.
Navy now leads the series with Delaware, 9-6-2, but is just 1-5-2 in the last eight meetings with the Blue Hens ... Blake Busse and Roberto Gimenez each tied a Glenn Warner Soccer Facility record with two assists ... Alex Wilson has scored a goal in back-to-back games and leads the team in scoring with five points ... Navy's underclassmen have scored all 10 of Navy's goals this year ... Navy has allowed 15 goals in just six games after allowing just 13 in 16 games during the 2010 season ... Navy's six opponents have a combined record of 18-6-4, and if throw in the canceled game against Old Dominion, the record would swell to 21-6-4 ... Navy lost for the first time under Dave Brandt when scoring at least two goals, now sitting at 13-1-1 when scoring at least two goals.
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