Army defeats Navy for the first time at PPL Park

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chester, PA – The two teams had to wait nearly a month to play this game, but the Army Black Knights got tired of going to double overtime with the Naval Academy Midshipmen at PPL Park.

For the first time in their four-game series at the home of the Philadelphia Union, the Black Knights ended the game in regulation. Army defeated their rivals, 2-1, to win their first game at the five-year-old stadium.

“It’s funny, because the players worked so hard and they’re ecstatic,” Army head coach Russell Payne said. “When you’re toiling and you haven’t got the results you’ve wanted against this group (Navy), you feel relief to finally … we scored two great goals (last night). We also defended very well. It means everything to the program to win at this venue in front of our fans.

Army and Navy at PPL Park (Photo by PPL Park)

Army and Navy at PPL Park (Photo by PPL Park)

“We had a great turnout from the cadets, so this means everything to us. We’re extremely happy.”

There were 9,316 people in attendance. This is the third-highest for an NCAA soccer game this season.

This game was originally scheduled to be played on Oct. 2nd; however, Hurricane Joaquin forced the game to be moved due to safety last month.

Besides the 1-1 tie following double overtime in 2012, Navy has won the past two by the score of 1-0 in double overtime.

“I can’t process it,” Cody Guerry stated. “We’ve been thinking about this a lot for four years. It means a lot that I could help my team to get this victory.”

This is the Black Knight’s first win since a 1-0 win over the Loyola Greyhounds in Baltimore, Maryland on October 24th.

They improve to 5-6-5 (3-2-2 in the Patriot League) on the season. The Midshipmen drop to 8-8-1 (4-4) on the year.

Guerry was all the offense that Army needed on this evening, as he scored both goals. His second goal came on a pass from Nick Williams to score on the right side of the box.

“Nick’s one of the fastest players in the league,” Guerry mentioned. “He got around that keeper and laid off a perfect ball and there was nothing left for me to do except to put it in the back of the net. It’ was perfect and a great effort from Nick.”

His first goal came when Brett Becia hit him at the top of the box, before Guerry also scored to the right side of the box.

On a penalty kick, Navy cut the lead in half, as Jamie Dubyoski scored past Army goalkeeper Chris Britt.

Britt made four saves in the contest. His counterpart, the Navy keeper Jackson Morgan, had two.

“This is by far up there with one of the top moments,” Payne added. “The moments of winning National Championships at Maryland were huge, but beating Navy as the Army head coach is tremendous. We’re really happy about that.”

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