BALTIMORE — The words that Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry said spoke volumes after the Midshipmen beat Air Force 34-25 on Oct. 5 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.
“I think it’s the happiest I’ve been in a long time,” Perry said.
Perry had another big day. He ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Plus, he completed five of seven throws for 144 yards.
Perry’s 4-yard touchdown run gave Navy the lead for good with 23 seconds left at 28-25. Air Force had scored 16 straight points in that fourth quarter and took the lead before Perry directed a 75-yard drive which gave them the lead back.
Linebacker Tony Brown then ran back a fumble for a 7-yard score as time ran out for the 34-25 final. Navy had a 21-12 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Falcons rallied.
Jake Koehnke helped during the day with four field goals for Air Force. Quarterback DJ Hammond III completed 10 of 25 for 205 yards and ran for 71 yards on 12 carries.
Navy next heads to Tulsa on Oct. 12 for a 7:30 p.m. game. This victory improved the Midshipmen’s record to 3-1 overall.
Men’s Soccer Continue Rolling
The No. 21 Navy men’s soccer team just keeps on winning.
The Midshipmen had goals from Joe Alex and Nicko West in the second half and defeated Bucknell 2-0 in a Patriot League game.
Navy improved to 11-0-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have now won 15 straight games going back to last season.
This equals the program’s best start since 1964 when Navy won the NCAA national title with a 15-0-0 mark.
Alex got the tie-breaking goal in the 75th minute. West then followed with an insurance goal in the 76th minute. West has now scored six goals in the past six games.
“I really liked our performance,” Navy coach Tim O’Donohue said on the team’s web site. “I thought we were patient, and we did not panic in the second half after going in 0-0 at the half.”
Navy finally scored when Alex chipped a shot that curled past the goalie and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Then, only 51 seconds later, Diego Manrique sent a ball past the Bucknell defense that West chased down. He then scored on the breakaway for a 2-0 advantage.
That was five straight shutouts for Navy, which had not allowed a goal in 490 minutes, 21 seconds. The Midshipmen have posted nine shutouts this season, tied for tops in the nation with No. 1 Virginia.
Navy Women’s Soccer win again
Kristina Dzhandzhapanyan scored late in the second half and gave Navy a 1-0 victory over Lehigh on Oct. 5 in a Patriot League match-up.
Navy improved to 11-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in conference play. This was the team’s eighth shutout in 13 games so far this season.
The game was tight until Dzhandzhapanya scored after a deflected shot from Jenna Freeman fell at her feet near the goal. That came at the 79:33 mark and proved to be enough.
Lehigh fell to 3-5-4, 1-3 after the loss.
“The wind was a major factor…it affected possession and ball movement throughout,” Navy coach Carin Gabarra told the team’s web site. “We did a good job of getting forward in the first half, but we didn’t take advantage of having the wind.”