Army was looking to find it's footing after a series of tough losses to open the Patriot League season, but their opponents in Army-Navy Cup VIII came in with one of the best defenses in the country. Both squads came out swinging in a thrilling 1-1 draw under the bright lights of Talen Energy Stadium Friday evening.
After dropping four straight results, Army got back on track with a gritty 0-0 draw against Lehigh last time out. Meanwhile, Navy was suffocating opposing attacks and hadn't given up a goal in five consecutive matches. So when Diego Manrique opened the scoring for the Naval Academy in the 24th minute -- in front of a raucous 8,000+ crowd -- Army knew they needed to push hard to leave with points.