Sides Battle To 1-1 Tie In Army-Navy Cup

CHESTER, Pa. – It took 110 minutes of play to determine the outcome, but Army and Navy left Army-Navy Cup VII without a winner on Friday night. 
Diego Manrique (Sr., Buford, Ga.) tallied the lone goal in the match for the Midshipmen and Ian Bramblett (Jr., Easley, S.C.) finished with two saves in the draw.
"It was a great crowd for tonight's match and there is so much emotion in this game," Navy head coach Tim O'Donohue said after the match. "I am proud of the guys and I think we gave a great effort tonight. We are disappointed we did not get the win but our goal is to be on top of the Patriot League standings come Monday morning."
After Army controlled possession to start the match, Navy settled in and tallied the first shot on goal of the game. Jacob Williams (So., Millersville, Md.) grabbed a loose ball inside the penalty area but his shot was stopped by Jacob Suppiah in the Black Knight goal. Following another save from Suppiah, the Midshipmen drew first blood in the 24th minute on Manrique's first goal of the season. Wyatt Millard (Jr., Columbia, S.C.) cut in the from left-wing and after the ball was poked away by Army, Manrique blasted a left-footed shot to the far post and into the back of the net.
In the first half, Army held a 7-3 edge in shots but the Midshipmen had a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal at the half.
The Black Knights tied the contest in the early going of the second half after Keenan O'Shea converted on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.
Over the remainder of the second half, neither team found the back of the net and Navy was pushed into overtime for the first time in the 2019 season. Williams tried to break the draw in late in the game as he made a Black Knight defender miss but Suppiah came up with sprawling save in the 86th minute. At the end of regulation, Army held a 14-5 edge in shots but Navy had four shots on goal, compared to three from the Black Knights.
Neither team could tally the game-winning goal in the two overtime periods as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Williams had Navy's best scoring chance in the second overtime after he raced past the Army defense and was one-on-one with Suppiah. However, a charging Suppiah kept the game scoreless and the contest finished in 1-1 draw.
The tie snapped Navy's 15-match winning streak but the Midshipmen are now unbeaten over their last 16 contests.
Army-Navy Cup VIII featured the second-largest crowd in the NCAA this season with 8,808 fans in attendance at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Midshipmen are back in action next Saturday at home against Lehigh at 8 p.m. at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.