Army And Navy Play To 1-1 Draw In Inaugural Army-Navy Cup

Michael Kim converted this PK late in the second half.

Michael Kim converted this PK late in the second half.

Sept. 30, 2012

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CHESTER, Pa. - Senior midfielder Michael Kim converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute, and sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt made two of his season-high seven saves in overtime as Army tied Navy, 1-1, in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup in front of 3,672 spectators Sunday afternoon at PPL Park.

"Navy is a solid team in our region, and they had scored a slew of goals over the last few games; but we wanted to come out and take it to them and play our game," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "At times it was difficult and at times we were able to do it. We came close to scoring several times early in the match, and we earned our chance with the penalty kick late in the second half."

Navy (5-2-2, 1-0-1 PL) took a 1-0 advantage early in the second half when Nick Dubee scored from close range in the 53rd minute. Just when it looked like the Mids' lead was going to stand up, Army senior forward Trent Brown was hauled down in the box at the 87:30 mark and Kim made good on the ensuing penalty kick.

"There was inklings of that throughout the game, where we got in good positions and looked to find Trent or one of our other wingers," said Payne. "On that one, we found Trent high in the box, he got into good position and the referee saw something there and awarded the penalty kick. Trent earned the right to earn that play for us, and we're happy about it."

Boldt came up with several amazing saves throughout the contest, helping Army (2-6-1, 0-1-1 PL) snap its five-game losing streak. The second-year keeper made his best stop of the match in the waning moments of the first overtime when he turned aside a Joseph Greenspan offering from eight yards out.

"Winston has been tremendous all season long," said Payne, "I think he's one of the best goalkeepers in this region, and he's going to continue to help this team win games. He's a great competitor, and we're really happy about that."

Navy outshot Army 18-13, and the Midshipmen enjoyed a 4-3 margin in corner kicks. The Mids controlled both overtime sessions, holding a 6-2 edge in shots during the extra time.

Navy outshot Army 6-4 during the scoreless first half, and the Midshipmen enjoyed a 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Greenspan generated the Mids' best scoring opportunity when he got in behind the Army defense and fired from point-blank range. Boldt was able to smother the shot, however, to keep Navy off the scoreboard.

Army senior forward Brennan Randel forged one of the Black Knights' best second-half scoring chances when his shot from 15 yards out was barely saved by Navy goalkeeper Gavin Snyder.

Kim fired a team-high four shots to pace the Army attack. Randel, who helped generate several dangerous chances for the Black Knights, finished with three shots.

Greenspan attempted a game-high seven shots to lead the Navy offense. Snyder was credited with three saves for the Midshipmen.

Army returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Black Knights host Patriot League rival American at Clinton Field. The match, which will mark Army's first home contest since Labor Day, is scheduled to get under way at 7:30 p.m.

Match Notes: Army is now 27-38-14 all-time versus Navy ... Michael Kim's goal marked Army's first tally versus Navy since 2008 ... today's draw snapped Navy's three-game series win streak.

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