We're still just about three weeks away from Army-Navy Cup VI at Talen Energy Stadium, but the intensity is already building. It likely has been for months with October 15th circled on calendars at both academies since the schedule was released.
Focus on this incredibly competitive match and event, ramped up a bit this past weekend, as both teams began the Patriot League portion of the schedule. Army West Point, lost 1-0 on the road at Lehigh. Navy drew, 1-1, with Holy Cross at Annapolis.
The competition between the two service academies is actually a regularly scheduled Patriot League match, and has quickly become the highest attended collegiate soccer match east of the Mississippi River.
In that first match in 2012, there were 3,700 fans in attendance. That number has grown steadily to more than 10,000 in each of the last three years, at an event which features a wide array of military assets along Toyota Plaze pre-game, and active service personnel that are eager to interact and educate those in attendance about their equipment and what they do.
The two sides are very evenly matched as well since the move to the home of Philadelphia Union, as shown by the 2-2-1 overall record in the first five meetings for the Cup. The inaugural match ended in a draw, and then Navy jumped ahead in the series lead with two straight victories. However, fortune shifted back to Army, as the black and gold have won the two most recent matches.
Navy holds the advantage in the all-time record between the two schools with a 40-29-14 series lead.
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