Men’s Soccer Primed for Non-Conference Match at George Washington

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.  – The Navy men’s soccer team (3-0-1) is set to travel to Washington, D.C. for a non-conference contest against George Washington (2-1-1) Friday with opening kick set for 1 p.m.
 
Friday’s contest will have free, live statistics provided on NavySports.com in addition to being broadcasted on ESPN+ which is a subscription based streaming service that requires patrons to sign-up for a monthly or yearly plan prior to tuning into the game.
 
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Navy recorded a perfect 2-0 record over two non-conference contests last week. The Midshipmen opened the weekend with a 2-1, overtime-victory against Iona. David Jackson tallied the game-winning, penalty-kick goal just before the end of the first overtime period to secure the one-score victory.
 
Following its overtime decision against the Gaels, Navy concluded its three-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over La Salle. Matt Nocita and Baba Kallie each tallied a score while Tyler Fahning added his second shutout effort of the season, fourth in his career, to secure a third-straight win for the Midshipmen.
 
SERIES HISTORY
In a series that dates back to the 1969 season, the Colonials and Mids have played to a 12-12-4 mark over 28 all-time meetings. George Washington has won each of the last three contests between the two programs, including picking up a 3-1 win in the last game of the series that came during the 2017 season.
 
NAVY PRIMER
Overall Record: 3-0-1
Conference Record: 0-0-0
Home Record: 3-0-0
Away Record: 0-0-1
Neutral Record: 0-0-0
Streak: W3
Head Coach: Tim O’Donohue I 16th Season Overall (196-60-33), Sixth Season at Navy (31-39-10)
 
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
• ON THE ATTACK – Jackson leads the Midshipmen offense with five points on two goals and one assist, both of the sophomore midfielder’s scores have been either a game-tying or game-winning goal. Kallie sits second on the team with four points on two goals while also ranking second on the team in total shots (15) and shots on goal (5). Jacob Williams leads the way in total shots (22) and shots on goal (7) along with being tied for the team lead in assists (1).
 
• KEEPER COUNT – Fahning continued his stellar start to the season in goal over two games last week, yielding just one score along with totaling eight saves. On the season, the senior goalkeeper has allowed just three goals and recorded 12 saves along with having a 0.70 GAA and an .800 save percentage.
 
• HOT START – Navy has gotten off to a fast start to begin the 2021 season, currently riding a three-game win streak following its season-opening draw against UMBC. With a 3-0-1 record through their first four games, the Mids have now gone unbeaten through their first four contests in each of the last three seasons.
 
• PATRIOT LEAGUE RANKINGS – In the team rankings, Navy leads all Patriot League teams in total shots (79), shots per game average (19.75), and goals (7) while being tied for first on the defensive side in shutouts (2). In the individual rankings, Williams leads the Patriot League in total shots (22) along with shots per game average (5.5) while Kallie (15 shots, 3.75 per game) and Paris (nine shots, 2.25 per game) rank second and third, respectively.
 
Jackson is tied for the Patriot League lead in goals (2) while ranking tied for second in points (5). Kallie sits just behind Jackson in the points rankings, being tied for fourth with four points.
 
Among conference goalkeepers, Fahning ranks first in shutouts (2), tied for second in save percentage (.800), third in GAA (0.70) and tied for third in saves (12). 
 
• MILESTONE VICTORIES – Entering Friday’s contest, head coach Tim O’Donohue has a career record of 196-60-33 as a head coach, just four wins shy of 200. Additionally, the all-time Navy men’s soccer record stands at 697-439-154, just three wins shy of reaching 700 victories. The Midshipmen are aiming to become just the 15th NCAA Division I men’s soccer program to eclipse 700 wins.
 
• WEEKLY HONORS – For their efforts over Navy’s two wins last week, the trio of Fahning, Jackson and Nocita received weekly award recognition. Fahning and Nocita were named the Patriot League Goalkeeper and Defender of the Week, respectively. Fahning totaled eight saves over the two games while yielding just one score. Nocita recorded his first goal of the 2021 season, the fifth of his career, against La Salle. Additionally, Jackson was named the NAAA Athlete of the Week after his game-winning score against Iona.
 
• USC REGIONAL RANKINGS – In its second set of the United Soccer Coaches regional rankings, Navy was ranked as the No. 5 team in the Atlantic Region. Lipscomb took the top spot in the region followed by North Carolina-Wilmington, Central Arkansas and Hofstra ahead of the Midshipmen. Rounding out the Atlantic Region rankings were Bellarmine, James Madison, Lafayette, Holy Cross and American, respectively.
 
• MULTI-SCORE AFFAIRS – After scoring two goals against both Iona and La Salle, the Mids improved to 22-3-1 since 2016 in games when they score two or more times.
 
• SUCCESS IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY – This season, Navy is undefeated against non-conference opponents through four games. The Mids have a 7-3 scoring advantage in addition to outshooting those opponents 79-34. Under the direction of O’Donohue, the Midshipmen are 18-15-4 in non-conference contests.
 
GEORGE WASHINGTON PRIMER
Conference: Atlantic 10
Overall Record: 2-1-1
Home Record: 2-0-0
Away Record: 0-1-1
Neutral Record: 0-0-0
Streak: W1
Head Coach: Craig Jones I 10th Season at George Washington (60-76-18)
 
SCOUTING THE COLONIALS
• LAST TIME OUT – George Washington picked up a 2-1 win at home over Liberty last time out. Aaron Kronenberg and Oscar Haynes Brown led the GW attack, tallying scores in the 40th and 48th minute, respectively. Goalkeeper Justin Grady led the defensive effort for the Colonials, yielding one score and picking up four saves over 90 minutes in net.
 
• LEADING THE ATTACK – Haynes Brown paces the George Washington offense with six points on three goals along with leading the way in total shots (12), shots on goal (7) and game-winning goals (2) through four games this season. The duo of Tom Cooklin and Liam Emson are tied for second on the team in points (3).
 
• IN NET – The aforementioned Grady has found success through four games in goal this season, allowing four goals while recording 12 saves for a 0.98 GAA and a .750 save percentage over 368 minutes played.
 
WHAT’S AHEAD
Navy concludes its season-opening, non-conference schedule as it welcomes Longwood (Sept. 14, 7 p.m.) to the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility before beginning Patriot League play with a road contest against Boston University (Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.).

 

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