Navy Upsets Men's Soccer to Keep Eagles Playoff Aspirations Up in the Air

Navy Upsets Men's Soccer to Keep Eagles Playoff Aspirations Up in the Air

Oct. 24, 2006

WASHINGTON - The American University men's soccer team, needing a win to clinch a spot in the four-team Patriot League Tournament, was upset Tuesday at Reeves Field by Navy, 1-0.

American holds a one-point advantage over Bucknell, whom they beat this past Saturday, in the race for the fourth and final spot in the Patriot League Tournament, which will be hosted by first place Lehigh. A win Tuesday would've given American a four-point advantage over the Bison, with Bucknell having only one remaining PL game.

However, Navy's McKenzie Plank had other ideas. In the 61st minute, Plank received a lead pass from Mark Garcia in the box and fired a low shot that found the back of the net. It was all Navy would need, as it packed its defense in for the remainder of the game and thwarted any and all of American's scoring chances.

The Midshipmen captured victory despite getting outshot by the Eagles, 16-10. However, Navy's defenders made sure that few AU shot attempts got to cage, blocking many shots and only allowing the Eagles four shots on goal. Those were handled by goalkeeper Nolan Grebb, who picked up four saves for the shutout.

The loss was American's first at home this season after starting its home docket 6-0. It also sets up an intriguing final weekend in PL play, as Navy takes on Bucknell and American heads to Army. With a win or a Bucknell loss, American would clinch the final spot in the PL Tourney. Should the teams end up tied in the standings, the Eagles have the head-to-head advantage with their 2-0 win on Oct. 21.