In one of the biggest games in recent program history, the Navy Midshipmen hosted the #2 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats and gave the Bearcats all they could handle, losing by a closer than expected margin of 27-20.
Coming in as heavy 27.5 point underdogs, the Midshipmen were able to keep the score close in the first half, only being down 13-10 going into halftime. While Cinci’s offense woke up a bit in the second half, as they opened up a 17 point lead at one point, overall, both teams struggled to get yards on the day. The Bearcats had just 271 yards on the day, well below their season average of 423 yards per game. Navy had 308 with even over 100 of them coming through the air, though that was mostly due to the team being behind and having to pass to try and score quickly.
Navy did have an opportunity to try and tie the game in the closing seconds. After QB Tai Lavatai scored on a 1-yard rushing TD, the Midshipmen recovered the resulting onside kick However, Lavatai’s overall inexperience passing the ball came through as he was sacked on the first play and then threw a game-ending interception with 45 seconds left.
Navy next plays on the road at Tulsa on October 29th.
Elsewhere in Navy sports, Men’s Soccer suffered their third loss of the season Saturday evening, losing 3-2 against Lehigh. Freshman midfielder Charlie Kriel scored a goal for the Mids while goalkeeper Tyler Fahning had 5 saves along with the 3 goals he conceded. The loss dropped the team to 10-3-1 on the season. They will be hitting the road to play at St. Joseph’s on October 26th.
Meanwhile, Women’s Soccer secured a 1-0 road win at Holy Cross Saturday. Freshman forward Alexa Riddle scored the lone goal for the Midshipmen and goalkeeper Mattie Gallagher had 4 saves on the day. Women’s Soccer will host Layfette on October 27th, their final game of the regular season.