Two second half goals and a big penalty kick stop secured Army West Point’s fourth Army-Navy Cup win on Sunday afternoon at Subaru Park.
Going into the second scoreless, John Poncy connected off a pass from Oscar Pereira to put the Black Knights in front. Pereira doubled the lead with a strike from distance in the 59th minute but even with the 2-0 lead the Army defense had to do a lot of work to secure the victory.
“That was the biggest Brotherhood moment I’ve ever seen.”— Army M.Soccer (@ArmyWP_MSoccer) April 25, 2021
The squad fought as one, through adversity all year long, to be victorious over navy on the big stage #GoArmy | #BEATnavy pic.twitter.com/kIEIq58nAc
Goalkeeper Josh Taylor stopped a penalty kick in the 74th minute when he was able to make a kick save on David Jackson’s attempt. The penalty came on a counter attack when Nicko West was taken down in the box by Jack Eaton.
Army goalkeeper Josh Taylor had a big day in the Army Navy Cup with six saves, none bigger than on this PK that would’ve cut the lead to 2-1. pic.twitter.com/FnaxjZFhUz— Matt Ralph (@MattRalph_tBG) April 26, 2021
Taylor did well on a couple more interventions on set pieces late and finished the day with six saves in a hard fought clean sheet, the first in the Army-Navy Cup since a scoreless draw in 2017.
Army’s win was the fourth in the cup, which started in 2012. Navy last won it in 2014 after a draw the first year and a Navy win in 2013.
Attendance for the game was listed at 2,483.
Several players with local ties featured in the game, including Christian Takaki (Harrisburg, Pa. / PA Classics) and Carter Kowalewski (York, Pa. / PA Classics) for Army and JD Wagner (Medford Lakes, N.J. / Philadelphia Union Academy), Baba Kallie (Coatesville, Pa. / FC Delco, Philadelphia Union Academy) and Jason Aoyama (Narberth, Pa. / FC Delco, Philadelphia Union Academy) for the Midshipmen.
The service academies will be back at Subaru Park this fall to continue their rivalry in the 10th Army-Navy Cup.