Most people wouldn’t consider Navy as a “soccer school”. However, both the Navy Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams have gotten off to great starts in their respective 2019 seasons. The women hold a record of 12-2-1, with their most recent game being a 1-0 victory over Delaware State. Their next game is Saturday against conference opponent, Bucknell.
The men’s team has had an even better start to their year with a record of 12-0-1. This lone tie came against Army in their only game last week. The Midshipmen are ranked inside the Top 25 in three different polls. Their highest ranking is No. 15 in the College Soccer News poll. Additionally, they find themselves at No. 22 and No. 24 in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll and Top Drawer Soccer Top 25, respectively.
Navy’s offensive attack is led by two aggressive forwards, Jacob Williams and Nicko West. Williams, a sophomore, has the most goals on the team thus far with seven. Close behind him is West with six. While West and Williams are often the ones finishing the scoring opportunities, senior Diego Manrique, is the one facilitating them.
Manrique, who is listed as a defender, consistently gets involved in the offensive attack, which is why he leads the team in assists with five. He also has a goal himself. Manrique is one of four seniors on the team and has been a starter since his freshman year.
Although, much of the success that the Midshipmen have had this year could not be possible without the stellar play of junior goalkeeper, Ian Bramblett. Bramblett is averaging only 0.25 goals against per game this season.
The Midshipmen only have five more games left in the regular season - four of them are Patriot League matchups. Their next game is on October 19th at 8:00pm when they take on Lehigh at home in another Patriot League game. Lehigh is 8-4-1 on the year but have yet to lose a conference game. Navy will have their hands full come Saturday, but it should not be too much to handle.
Look for Navy to compete for the Patriot League Championship and compete in the NCAA tournament.