November 3, 2015
Black Knights edge Navy before 9,316 at PPL
CHESTER, Pa.--Two goals from senior Cody Guerry gave Army West Point (5-6-5, 3-2-3 Patriot League) a 2-1 win over Navy (8-8-1, 4-4-0) in Army-Navy Cup IV before a crowd of 9,316 at PPL Park Tuesday night.
The crowd was the third-largest in NCAA Division I men’s soccer this season and the second biggest Army-Navy Cup crowd, behind last season’s 10,168.
Navy fell to 5-1-1 against Army West Point in the last seven meetings as the Black Knights won their first game against Navy since 2008. Navy holds a 40-28-14 lead in the all-time series.
Guerry took advantage of defensive lapses early. Guerry scored in the 19th minute after a failed clearance went directly to Army West Point’s Brett Becia, who passed to Guerry who was just onside before sending a left-footer to the left side of the goal.
Guerry scored nine minutes later. The Black Knights played a ball up the right to Nick Williams, Jackson Morgan coming off his line. Williams went around a sliding Morgan and finding Guerry, who scored from 18 yards past two defenders who had raced back to the goal line.
“Army played well and credit to them,” Navy coach Dave Brandt said. “But we gave up two bad goals that we just can’t give up. That put us in a big hole. We fired two or three really good looks just high and we needed to bury one of those.”
Navy’s goal came in the 69th minute on a penalty kick by senior Jamie Dubyoski. Senior Thomas Shiiba was taken down by goalkeeper Chris Britt and Dubyoski blasted the shot to the top of the goal for his third tally of the season.
Dubyoski moved into the Navy all-time top 10 scoring list, tied for ninth with 58 points on 23 goals and 12 assists.
Navy had other chances. Dubyoski fired shot directly at Britt in the 18th minute and junior Daniel Camuti shot off the crossbar in the 21st minute. Sophomore Daniel Zaremba had a shot go just wide right in the 39th minute and Shiiba just missed on a chance in the final seconds of the first half.
Senior P.J. Suess curled a free kick off the crossbar in the second half. Suess also served a corner kick in the 88th minute that sophomore Thomas Moore headed just high.
Junior Sam Bascom had two chances late, a shot just high in the 89th minute and a shot saved in the 90th minute.
Morgan made two saves in the first half and sophomore Mac Burke stopped two shots in the second half for Navy. Britt made five saves.
Navy outshot Army West Point, 15-10, and held a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Shiiba took four shots.
With one game remaining on the Patriot League schedule, Navy is tied with Army West Point for fifth place with 12 points. Navy could finish anywhere from the No. 4 seed to the No. 7 seed. The top six teams make the postseason tournament.
Navy’s final regular season game will be against the Boston University Terriers at 7 p.m. Friday. The Patriot League Tournament begins Tuesday, Nov. 10 with two quarterfinal matches.