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Army West Point continues dominance in Army-Navy Cup with 2-0 win

John Poncy and Oscar Pereira scored for the Black Knights and goalkeeper Josh Taylor made six saves on the day



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.

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.

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.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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