Navy Soccer Team Living Dangerously

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG David Jackson is looking to lead Navy back to the Patriot League Tournament - and beyond - in 2012.
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David Jackson is looking to lead Navy back to the Patriot League Tournament - and beyond - in 2012.
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Aug. 24, 2012

By David Broughton

The Navy men's soccer team favors a gambling, high-pressure style of play that should result in plenty of scoring chances this season -- for the Mids and their opponents.

"We don't play a safe style,'' said Dave Brandt, who enters his fourth season as Navy's head coach on Saturday night when the Mids open the season at No. 23 Old Dominion. "We have a dangerous offense, but we're a bit too porous defensively -- that has to change.

"The key to our season will be how well our back four and our goalkeepers do,'' Brandt said. "If we can keep people off the scoreboard and stay in games midway into the second half, we'll win our share of games. That is the big question.''

The Mids, picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League this season, return nine starters from last year's team that went 7-7-5. Navy finished fourth in the Patriot League during the regular season to reach the league tournament for the first time in 10 years, eventually falling to top-seeded American in penalty kicks.

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