Air Force and Army to square off in Armed Forces Soccer Finals

By Armed Forces Sports Secretariat U.S. Armed Forces Sports

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In the last day of round robin play, Army remained undefeated as Air Force sunk Navy to earn a spot in the finals for the sixth straight year. 

Looking for their third straight gold, Air Force needed a crucial win over Navy keep their medal hopes alive. 

In the 37th minute, Capt. Andrew Belk of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. put Air Force on the board knocking in his third goal of the tournament. 

Air Force held on despite several scoring chances from the Navy to win the match 1-0. 

In the late match, Army kept their winning streak alive to defeat the Marines 3-1. 

Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas Heath of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. continued his scoring streak by registering his fourth goal of the tournament in the ninth minute.  

Army was quick to jump on the board in the 15th-minute after a solid kick from 1st Lt. Nicholas Williams of Baumholder, Germany that ricocheted off of two Marine defenders resulting in the score. 

With the scored tied at halftime, Williams returned to attack mode pushing Army ahead 2-1 with a goal in the 47th-minute. 

Army sealed the deal when Spc. Christian King of Fort Bragg, N.C. struck the back of the net with a goal in the 81st-minute. 

Army and Air Force face each other for the first time in the finals since 2015, when Army won gold at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. 

Navy will face the Marines in the Consolation Match to determine third and fourth place. 

The Championship and Consolation Matches will be held on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 12:00 noon. Visit www.armedforcessports.com for complete coverage.