Oct. 11, 2008
WASHINGTON - Phil Purdy scored his first goal of the season and chipped in an assist for good measure, as the American University men's soccer team defeated Patriot League foe Navy, 2-0, on Saturday at Reeves Field to remain unbeaten in conference play.
The Eagles outplayed the Midshipmen the entire game, but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard until the 78th minute. A corner kick was awarded to the Eagles and was put into play by Luis Martinez. Dor Yasur got a head on it and put his shot on frame to the far post. Navy's Gaylan Greenawalt cleared the ball off the line with his hand, resulting in a red card and an AU penalty shot. Purdy made no mistake with the opportunity, putting the shot to the right of the net past the Mids keeper, Nolan Grebb for the 1-0 lead.
Just 16 seconds later the Eagles added an insurance goal, as Purdy won a ball in the midfield and sent a ball over the Mids defense to Anthony Moy. Moy tucked the ball to the right side of the net for his third goal of the season and sealed the 2-0 win.
American (4-5-2, 1-0-1 PL) was on the offense from the opening whistle and had numerous opportunities to put the game away, with perhaps its best chance coming with 33:15 remaining in regulation. Mike Worden fed Danny Shannon just outside the six-yard box, but Shannon put the ball over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.
"This was our best performance of the season," said AU head coach Todd West. "I'm very proud of our guys for staying composed instead of getting frustrated when the shots weren't going in. We stayed together as a team and picked up three huge points today."
The Eagles outshot the Mids by a 28-6 margin, with Grebb making 11 saves in the losing effort for Navy (4-8-1, 0-3 PL). Matt Makowski made two saves in the shutout for the Eagles.
American will host Georgetown in non-conference action on Tuesday at Reeves Field. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.