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Army-Navy Cup VI to be Played Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium

Oct. 13, 2017

Army-Navy Cup VI
Army West Point (8-4-0, 2-2-0 PL) vs. Navy (2-9-1, 0-3-1 PL)
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Talen Energy Stadium (18,500) | Chester, Pa.
Free Live Video | Live Statistics | Buy Tickets

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men’s soccer team (2-9-1, 0-3-1 PL) will face rival Army West Point (8-4-0, 2-2-0 PL) in the Army-Navy Cup VI at the Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Army and Navy will be meeting for the Star Match in Chester, Pa. for the sixth straight year. Tickets for the Army-Navy Cup VI start at just $18. Free live video and live statistics will also be available.

Army and Navy will be playing each other in men’s soccer for the 80th consecutive season on Sunday. The series began in 1938 and the teams have met at least once every year since. The teams have played each other twice in a season four times, meeting in the NCAA Tournament in 1966, and meeting in the Patriot League Tournament three times.

Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 40-29-14, and the Mids are 40-26-13 in Star Games. Navy has outscored Army in the all-time series, 131-103. The Army-Navy Cup series over the last five years in Chester is even at 2-2-1.

The Army-Navy Cup began in Chester in 2012 with Army and Navy playing to a 1-1 draw. In the Army-Navy Cup II in 2013, Joseph Greenspan scored the game-winning goal for Navy in the 107th minute of double overtime for the 1-0 win. In 2014 at Army-Navy Cup III, Navy's Derek Vogel netted the game-winning goal in double overtime in the 107th minute for a 1-0 win. Army defeated Navy, 2-1, in Army-Navy Cup IV in 2015 and the Black Knights also defeated Navy in the Army-Navy Cup V last season, 1-0.

 

 

The Army-Navy Cup has drawn some of the biggest crowds in college soccer history to Talen Energy Stadium. Last year’s crowd of 10,092 was the third-largest in the country in 2016, behind only the two games of the annual UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly home-and-home series (11,424 and 11,075).

The Army-Navy Cup also drew 10,168 fans in 2014 and 9,316 fans in 2015. The 2014 (10,168) and 2016 (10,092) Army-Navy Cup crowds rank as the 21st and 23rd largest regular-season crowds in NCAA men’s soccer history.

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, 2-0, after beating Navy in men’s golf and sprint football. Star competitions in women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and volleyball will also be contested this weekend.

Navy will be trying to snap a three-game losing skid on Sunday. The Mids have dropped league contests to Loyola (2-0), American (3-2 in overtime) and Lehigh (1-0) in their last three outings. Navy outshot Lehigh in its last game on Saturday, but the Mountain Hawks were able to score the game’s lone goal the 82nd minute to take the win.

Senior Daniel Zaremba leads Navy in scoring this season with seven points on three goals and one assist. Senior Aubrey Jones is second on the team with six points on three goals. Zaremba has 24 career points on nine goals and six assists, while Jones has 20 career points on nine goals and two assists.

Freshman Phillip Gustafson has scored two goals for four points this season, while junior TJ Powers has a team-high four assists in 2017.

Senior goalkeeper Mac Burke has a 1.53 goals-against average and a .747 save percentage. Burke leads the Patriot League in saves per game at 4.67.

Burke, Jones and sophomore defender Diego Manrique have played all 1,128 minutes of the 2017 season for Navy. Additionally, Navy has a group of five freshmen in Gustafson, Toni Adewole, Wyatt Millard, Jarvian Wigfall and Nicko West who have combined to play 27 percent of Navy’s total team minutes this season, which is the most by a group of freshmen since 2010, when 10 freshmen combined to play 32 percent of the team’s minutes.

Army enters the weekend at 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League. After posting back-to-back conference wins over Colgate (2-0) and Lafayette (1-0), Army lost at Loyola, 2-1, on Saturday.

Sophomore forward Rex Epps leads the team with 16 points on six goals and four assists, while sophomore forward Keenan O’Shea is second on the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Justin Stoll is 8-4 with a 0.65 goals-against average and a .778 save percentage. Stoll has six shutouts this season.

Army is ranked fourth in this week’s USC Northeast Regional rankings and the Black Knights were receiving nine voting points in last week’s USC Top 25 Poll. Army is not receiving any votes in this week’s poll.

Army ranks second in the Patriot League in scoring offense (1.4), while Navy is fifth (1.0). Army is first in goals allowed per game (0.67) and Navy is sixth (1.58).

Prior to Army-Navy Cup VI, the Army Jump Team will deliver the game ball and there will be a ceremonial pregame coin toss with U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan. There will be a fan fest on the Toyota Plaza prior to the game at Talen Energy Stadium. At halftime, two Philadelphia-area high school soccer players who live by the motto "If Not Me Then Who..." will receive the second annual First Lieutenant Travis Manion & Corporal Michael Crescenz Award and the band from Valley Forge Military Academy will perform.

Following the Army-Navy Cup, the Mids will next play at Howard on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in their final non-conference game of the season.

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