The Navy men’s soccer team dropped its season-opening match to Manhattan, 1-0, on Friday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
The Jaspers (1-0-0) scored in the 83rd minute to end the scoreless affair with the Midshipmen (0-1-0) on opening day of the 2018 season.
“Our young guys played well tonight,” head coach Tim O’Donohue said after the match. “It was a tough goal to give up and a tough way to lose, but we played well as a team tonight.”
Navy and Manhattan had a back-and-forth contest throughout the night. In the first 45 minutes of action, both teams pressed offensively combining for 10 corner kicks in the first half, with the Jaspers holding a slight 6-4 edge at the break.
During the first half, Manhattan had seven shots, compared to three from Navy. However, the Mids held a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Navy’s best scoring chance in the first half came from freshman Bayne Bentley (Fr., Austin, Texas) who had a clear shot on target, but the Jasper goalkeeper, Marcellin Gohier, came up with one of his two first half saves in the 20th minute.
The seesaw battle continued in the second half with the offensive pace continuing to escalate throughout the final 45 minutes.
Manhattan rifled off eight shots toward goal in the second half, with reaching three hitting the frame. The Midshipmen had seven shot attempts but were unable to register a shot on goal.
The Midshipmen looked to break the scoreless affair in the 59th minute with a screaming shot from Jacob Williams (Fr., Millersville, Md.) just outside the 18-yard box, but he pushed the ball just wide of a leaping Gohier and the goal post.
In the 83rd minute, the Jaspers broke the ice with a goal from Berti Fourrier. Troy Carrington dodged a sliding save attempt from a charging Ian Bramblett (So., Easley, S.C.) and kept the ball off the end line. Carrington centered the ball back to Fourrier at the top of the penalty area and scored on the open net to score the game-winning goal and seal the 1-0 victory for Manhattan.
Over the 90 minutes, the Midshipmen compiled nine corner kicks in the contest and had five in the second half. Manhattan outshot Navy, 15-10, and the Jaspers put four shots on target, while Navy had just two shots on goal — both coming in the first half.
Making his first collegiate start, Bramblett recorded three saves for the Midshipmen, while Wyatt Millard (So., Columbia, S.C.) led way with four shots and one on target.
Navy hits the road for the first time in 2018 as it travels to Hillsdale, N.J., to take on NJIT on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Kean University-East Campus Facility.
-Via Navy Sports