ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It didn’t take much to understand why Monday’s soccer match with No. 10 Maryland Monday meant so much to the Midshipmen. Seeing Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk walk on the field an hour before midnight to thank Jamie Dubyoski for scoring the game-winning goal in Navy’s 2-1 win against the Terrapins was evidence enough.
Navy was hosting a ranked team, last year’s title game runner-up and a Big Ten team to boot.
Navy (2-1-1) gave the boot to the Terrapins on the strength of Dubyoski’s goal in the 53rd minute. Derek Vogel’s header put the junior forward a few steps ahead of the Terrapin defense and he beat Maryland goalkeeper Jake Steffen from 10 yards out.
“I saw Derek go up for the ball, and made my run off of him … I got a little lucky [the shot] stayed down,” said Dubyoski, who notched the fourth game-winner of his career. “We’re not the biggest, fastest, strongest team, but we believe we’re the best team, and I definitely believe we proved that tonight.”
— Jamie Dubyoski
“I thought it was a simple save … I was less than a second too late to hit the ball,” Meefout said. “It was a great save for him and unlucky for me.”
Morgan left the game with a concussion, replaced for the final 20 minutes by plebe Mac Burke (DeMatha). Burke’s save with three minutes left preserved the win.
“Jackson might tell you he was a little concussed, but our trainers will tell you he was a lot concussed — Jackson might not know what he is,” Navy coach Dave Brandt said.
Burke made his collegiate debut last Friday in a 26-minute stint versus Appalachian State, a 5-0 Navy win.
“Mac would have done OK either way, but that doesn’t hurt, does it? Being on the field a few nights ago was a good thing,” Brandt said.
Navy opened the scoring four minutes into the match when midfielder P.J. Suess sent a ball from the right corner to Daniel Camuti, who blistered a shot past Steffen.
The teams traded a handful of unsuccessful chances until the end of the half. Following intermission, Meefout tied the match in the 48th minute when he scored on a give-and-go from Alex Shinsky.
It took Navy just five minutes to regain a lead it wouldn’t surrender.
Navy 2, #10 Maryland 1 We didn’t sit back, we pursued great soccer and I think we got our just result. Brilliant night. #navymsoc
— Nate Baker (@CoachNateNavy) September 9, 2014
“We always talk about the first five minutes after a goal. The [go-ahead] goal was off a quick turnover … a lapse by a couple of our centerbacks,” Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I thought Navy deserved the victory. They came out and competed very hard; they made the plays that mattered.”
Maryland (1-2-1) opened with the No. 2 ranking but entered Monday’s match at No. 10 after opening the season with a 1-0 loss at then-No. 14 Louisville. Last Friday, the Terps played current No. 14-ranked UMBC to a scoreless draw.
“I think I have to take some responsibility for putting my team in a tough spot,” Cirovski said. “We had a tough overtime game on Friday … I thought we were in a better place mentally and physically and probably were not, but Navy deserved this victory.”
Last season the Terrapins started out with an identical 1-2-1 record before finishing 17-4-5, but without their top two scorers from last season, scoring has been a problem.
“My team needs to find their identity,” Cirovski said. “We’ve had a lot of success the last couple of years. We’re going to recover, we’re going to get stronger, and we’re going to be heard from.”