Inaugural Army-Navy Cup Set For Sunday In Philadelphia

Josh Koeppe

Josh Koeppe

Sept. 26, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's soccer team will travel to the Philadelphia area on Sunday, Sept. 30, to face Navy in the inaugural Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The annual "Star" match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets for Sunday's match are still available by logging onto the Philadelphia Union's website (http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/ppl-park).

Knight Vision will carry a video streamed broadcast of Sunday's clash. Fans can sign up for the subscription-based service by logging onto Army's official athletics website (www.goARMYsports.com).

Live stats for Sunday's match will be available via GameTracker. Fans can log onto Army's website and navigate to the men's soccer page to access the link. In-game Twitter updates will also be offered via the official handle of Army men's soccer (@Army_MSoccer).

Army (2-6-0, 0-1-0 PL) enters Sunday's contest looking to break loose from a five-game losing skein. The Black Knights, who have not secured a victory since defeating Iona on Aug. 31, have been shut out in four consecutive matches.

Navy (5-2-1, 1-0-0 PL) carries a five-match unbeaten streak into Sunday's action. The Midshipmen, who knocked off 20th-ranked George Mason on Sept. 19, are 4-0-1 during the streak.

Army senior midfielder Josh Koeppeleads the Black Knights in scoring with five points. The fourth-year performer, who earned All-Patriot League honors last season, paces Army with two goals and lists second on the squad with 11 shots.

Black Knight senior midfielder Michael Kim (1-1-3) and freshman midfielder Parker Dixon (1-1-3) are tied for second on the club with three points apiece. Kim also leads the Black Knights with 12 shots and six shots on goal. Sophomore midfielder Devin Perlee and freshman midfielder Justin Kimare tied for the team lead with two assists each.

Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt, who has authored a pair of shutouts in the Army cage this season, shows a 1.86 goals-against average and .649 save percentage.

Navy enters today's contest tied atop the Patriot League standings after doubling up Lafayette, 4-2, in its conference opener last Saturday. The Midshipmen are coming off a 3-1 road victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Sophomore forward Joseph Greenspan, who registered a hat trick in Navy's win over Lafayette last weekend, is tied for the team lead with three goals, four assists and 10 points. Greenspan also paces the squad with 31 shots.

Junior goalkeeper Gavin Snyder has logged most of the time in the Navy cage, and the third-year performer carries a 1.39 goals-against average and .667 save percentage into Sunday's tilt.

Army and Navy have met 78 times previously in a series that began in 1938. The Midshipmen, who have won the last three meetings by identical 1-0 scores, hold a 38-27-13 edge in the all-time series. The last six matchups have been decided by one goal. The inaugural Army-Navy Cup marks the first time that the annual rivalry has been played at a neutral location during the regular season.

Following Sunday's "Star" match versus Navy, Army will return to West Point for the first time in more than a month to face Patriot League rival American on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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