Army-Navy Cup VI Played to a Scoreless Draw
CHESTER, Pa. - The Navy men's soccer team (2-9-2, 0-3-2 PL) played rival Army West Point (8-4-1, 2-2-1 PL) to a 0-0 double-overtime draw in front of 8,143 fans at the Army-Navy Cup VI at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday. The Army-Navy Men's Soccer Star Match ended in a draw for the first time since 2012.
"I'm proud of the guys," said Navy head coach Tim O'Donohue. "No matter what the score is, and no matter who we have played this season, the effort of the guys has always been very good. We battled and we fought today. I thought we played some very good soccer for stretches of the game and Mac was very good in goal."
Navy senior goalkeeper Mac Burke had an impressive performance with seven saves to earn the shutout in his final Star Game on Sunday.
"It's been honor and privilege to play Army on this field and in front of so many people," said Burke. "Win, lose, or tie, the Army-Navy game is something you'll remember for the rest of your life. Being able to play here has created so many good memories for all of us."
Burke earned his second shutout of the season and the sixth of his career.
"The team really battled today," said Burke. "Diego Manrique, Thomas Moore and Andrew Hopkins were locked in the whole game in front of me. Brock Dudley and Aubrey Jones blocked some shots that were going to be tough, too."
This was the third time this season that Burke had at least seven saves. Burke leads the Patriot League in saves per game this season at 4.85.
Since the Army-Navy series moved to the home of the Philadelphia Union in 2012, four games have gone to overtime. Navy is 2-0-2 in those four contests.
Burke made a diving save on a shot by Army forward Rex Epps from close range in the 17th minute in the game's first real scoring opportunity. Army's Christian Takaki sent a dangerous shot through traffic from 20 yards out that went just wide left in the 19th minute.
Navy swung momentum in the 21st minute, getting two shots off by seniors Daniel Zaremba and Aubrey Jones, while the Mids also earned their first corner kick of the match. Zaremba also got free on the right side in the 25th minute and took Navy's first shot on goal, which was saved by Army goalkeeper Justin Stoll.
Army led in shots at halftime, 7-4, with each team taking one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, Army's Marcos Arroyo hit the cross bar on a rising shot in the 57th minute, and then Burke made a save on a shot by Alex Grave de Peralta 20 seconds later. Two minutes later, Arroyo tried again from distance, but his shot was stopped by Burke.
Jones had a chance to end the game in regulation, but his shot in the 87th minute went wide before the game went to overtime.
In the first overtime period, Army's Keenan O'Shea put a shot on target just 14 seconds into the period, but Burke was there to make the save.
Army had a barrage of shots in the 105th minute of double overtime. Burke made back-to-back saves on shots by Takaki and O'Shea, before a rebound shot by O'Shea went just over the cross bar.
Navy created a scoring opportunity in the 108th minute when junior TJ Powers sent a cross to the left side and Zaremba headed it towards goal. However, Stoll was there to make the save.
Army had one last chance by O'Shea go wide just before the final whistle ended the second overtime period and the game.
Army outshot Navy, 22-6, and held a 15-2 edge in shots in the final 65 minutes of play. Army led in shots on goal, 7-2, and corner kicks, 7-4. Zaremba took four of Navy's shots, while Jones took the other two. Epps, Arroyo and O'Shea each registered four shots for Army, who entered the game with the Patriot Leagues second-ranked scoring offense at 1.4 goals per game.
Army also entered the match ranked fourth in the USC Northeast Region rankings.
Army and Navy played each other for the 80th consecutive season on Sunday. Navy leads the all-time series, 40-29-15, and the Mids are 40-26-14 in Star Matches.
With the crowd of 8,143 on Sunday, the Army-Navy Cup has drawn at least 7,000 fans for five straight years. Sunday's crowd was the second largest of the 2017 NCAA men's soccer season. UC Santa Barbara drew 10,293 fans to its home game against Cal Poly on Saturday night.
The Army-Navy Men's Soccer Star Match is part of the overall 2017-18 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA, which Army currently leads, 5-0-2.
Navy will next play at Howard on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in its final non-conference game of the season. Navy will return to Patriot League play at Boston U. on Saturday, Oct. 21.