ANNAPOLIS, Md. Army senior midfielder Chris Conklin scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute to lead the Black Knights to the 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Navy, Saturday night.
Navy (7-8-2, 0-7-0 Patriot League) got on the board first as Travis King took a cross from Justin Waskey on the left side and scored his third goal of the season to put the Mids up, 1-0, at 35:47.
Army (9-7-2, 1-5-1 Patriot Legue) would bounce back less than nine minutes later as freshman Michael Leach collected a misplayed ball by Navy goalkeeper Thomas Jenkins and slid it into the open net for his first career goal to make the score, 1-1, at 43:12.
The two teams played a scoreless second half, and headed to overtime for the second-straight season. The teams needed two overtime periods to settle last season’s 4-3 Army victory, contested on Clinton Field, as Conklin tallied the winning assist on John Kubeika’s game-winning goal at the 106:28 mark. This night, however, the two would reverse their roles.
Less than six minutes into overtime, Army was able to clear a Midshipmen corner kick attempt. Senior Kegan Reilly looped a pass out to sophomore forward Cole Dietz, who took carried the ball down the right side into the Navy zone. Dietz sent a pass through the Midshipmen defense to senior John Kubeika who then found Conklin on the left side for the game-winner at 95:55.
The victory was Army’s first in Annapolis since 1991 when the Black Knights upset Navy in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament with a 3-1 decision. It also marked only the ninth time the Black Knights had won at Navy in 35 meetings, all-time, and was only the fourth win in the last 25 matches in the series away from West Point.
Army outshot Navy by a 10-7 seven margin, while limiting the Mids to only one shot on goal the entire game.
BLACK KNIGHT NOTES Army's nine wins this season is the most since the 1996 squad finished with an 11-9 mark ... Conklin’s tally was his Patriot League-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season, including overtime victories against both service academy rivals Navy and Air Force ... senior captain Dan Newell started every single game for the past four years. He has been listed in the starting lineup for 70-straight matches ... Navy leads the all-time series by a 35-26-13 margin dating back to 1938 ... both Army and Navy had 10 seniors making their final appearances in the match.