Men’s soccer loses to Navy after conceding two late goals

Stephen Olick-Sutphen, Senior Writer

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the Bison took on No. 21 Navy in their fourth Patriot League game of the season. The first half proved to be a back-and-forth game, with neither side able to capture a goal. Late in the second half, Navy scored to take a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Navy scored again to double the score and secure the win.

The Bison started the game off strong offensively against Navy. Just two minutes into the game Bernie Wright ’20 almost put the Bison in front, but Navy’s goalkeeper collected his shot. In the 33rd minute, Quinn Bredin ’20 played a dangerous freekick that Patrick O’Hara ’22 was almost able to capitalize on, yet failed to convert. The Orange and Blue went into halftime tied at 0-0.

“We were pressing very well. Not letting them play out of the back easily, pressuring their center backs. We had a game plan of specific players we wanted to pressure,” Bredin said. “We had the advantage of the wind in the first half so we tried to use that to our [benefit]. Got unlucky hitting the crossbar and getting the ball cleared off the line. Tried to get the ball high and wide which is where we felt we would have success.”

In the second half, the Herd kept the pressure up, creating more goal-scoring opportunities. In the 75th minute, Navy broke the deadlock to go up 1-0. Navy then quickly doubled their lead and put the game out of reach.

“We . . . still have to work on areas where we fall short,” Bredin said. “Staying in a game for 90 minutes and not switching off leads to mistakes and conceding. Navy were very resilient and showed in the last 20 minutes why they are undefeated and a ranked opponent. There are a few areas where we need to improve in order to get results in our next Patriot League games.”

The Blue and Orange will look to rebound and earn their first Patriot League win when they play Holy Cross on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. in Worcester, Ma.

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