ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Geoff Fries and Joseph Greenspan each scored a goal for the Midshipmen as the No. 3 seed Holy Cross men's soccer team fell to No. 1 seed Navy, 2-0, in the Patriot League men's soccer championship game on Sunday afternoon at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season 9-9-2 overall, while the Midshipmen have won 14 straight games and improve to 15-3-2 and win their first ever Patriot League Tournament championship earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders' nine wins this season are their most since 2008, when they went 9-5-5.
Navy took the first shot on goal of the contest in the 16th minute when an attempt by Sam Bascom was saved by Wright. Greenspan almost netted the first goal of the game when his shot from a free kick hit the post in the 26th minute. DeVivo had a shot saved by Navy goalie Gavin Snyder in the 33rd minute. The Mids took a 1-0 lead at 38:03, when Patrick Sopko sent a bicycle kick from midfield to Fries who went on a breakaway and buried the ball to the lower right side of the net.
Navy increased its lead to 2-0 at 47:00, when Greenspan scored off a header on a corner kick by Martin Sanchez. Navy outshot the Crusaders 6-3 in the second half as the Navy defense was able to prevent the Crusaders from taking a shot on net in the second half as the Mids secured the 2-0 win.
Wright made six saves, while Gavin Snyder posted one save and improves to 14-0-0 on the season. Navy outshot Holy Cross, 18-4, while the Mids took eight shots on goal and the Crusaders tallied one.
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2013 Patriot League Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team