Soccer is again, and the academies for the Army, Navy and Air Power have all performed their first video games of the season. Whereas not one of the academies is more likely to compete for the School Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship Trophy (however who is aware of, it is a lengthy season), they’re enjoying for one thing simply as massive: a visit to the White Home to obtain the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
The coveted trophy is awarded yearly and goes to the service academy with one of the best document over the opposite two academies. Within the occasion of a tie, the groups will share the award, however the earlier 12 months’s winner retains it. The trophy was shared between the three on the finish of the 2021 season, as every group went 1-1, however since Army took it dwelling in 2020, it stays at West Level.
Air Power at the moment holds the document for probably the most wins at 20, and if week one is any indicator, the Falcons are able to deliver it again to Colorado Springs. Let’s check out how the groups made out on Saturday.
3. Navy falls to Delaware, 14-7
The Midshipmen had a disappointing 2021 season, ending with a 4-8 document. Navy began final season with a trio of losses (together with a loss to the Air Power Falcons). The brand new season is not wanting too nice for the Mids, both. The Delaware Blue Hens, a Soccer Championship Subdivision (FCS) group, toppled Navy with two landing passes.
Passing was the story of the sport on Sept. 3, because the Midshipmen held the Blue Hens to below 300 yards of offense. Regardless of outgaining Delaware at dwelling in Annapolis, Navy simply could not discover the tip zone. Navy additionally fumbled the ball 3 times within the first 18 minutes of the sport, with the primary approaching the opening drive.
Navy followers can take coronary heart in the truth that regardless of the Mids’ lackluster first weeks of the 2021 season and disappointing document, they nonetheless closed 2021 with a win over Army.
2. Coastal Carolina tops Army, 38-28
Extra disappointment for academy soccer as Army loses an in depth one whereas on the street in South Carolina. The sport was evenly matched for the primary half, however the Chanticleers started pulling away within the third quarter. The Coastal Carolina effort was boosted by an interception later in the identical quarter.
The Black Knights saved the sport shut on the bottom and within the air with some fairly electrical play-calling. Army quarterback Cade Ballard hit working again Braheam Murphy with a 73-yard move. Army’s Tyhier Tyler discovered working again Ay’Jaun Marshall for 54 yards on a play-action move. Working again Tyrell Robinson gave the Black Knights an early lead on a 70-yard landing on the bottom.
1. Air Power dominates Northern Iowa, 48-17
It was tempting to present Army the No. 1 spot, regardless of its loss, due to its working backs’ stellar play, however Air Power was so dominant in its season opener that it is arduous to match. Falcons quarterback Haaziq Daniels’ first move of the sport was an 80-yard landing, which bought the ball rolling towards the Panthers.
Daniels, a senior on the Air Power Academy, was an actual standout within the recreation, passing for 109 yards and speeding for 107 yards; one among Daniels’ runs resulted in a landing. The Falcons ended the sport with 691 whole yards, with 4 working backs scoring on the bottom.
Although Air Power held Northern Iowa to only 17 factors, the Panthers did rack up 405 whole yards towards the Falcons, virtually half of which got here on the bottom. Air Power has gained 16 straight season openers and is undefeated towards FCS groups.
Air Power performs Navy on Oct. 1, Army on Nov. 5. and the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy collection wraps up on Dec. 10 with the 2022 Army-Navy Recreation at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Monetary Subject.
— Blake Stilwell might be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will also be discovered on Twitter @blakestilwell or on Fb.
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