May 11, 2016, May 12, 2016 —
Navy scores late to quell
the Marine Corps’ comeback to win match five 2-1 of the 2016 Armed Forces Men’s
Soccer Championship held at Fort Benning, Ga. on 11 May.
Navy Ensign Gabe Merla
scored early during the 11th minute to give the sailors a halftime lead.
As the second half started
up, Marine Cpl Kyle DeSousa scored in the fourth minute (49’ overall) to tie
The Marines kept
attaching, but solid Navy defense held on, then Navy went on the late offensive
with PO2 Kyle Baker knocking one in to pull ahead.
Navy’s win puts them in
the Championship match versus the winner of Air Force and Army in match
six. The Championship Match is set for
13 May at Fort Benning.
The 2016 Armed Forces
Championship format consists of round robin play, where each team faces one
another once for seeding. The top two
best records will face one another in the championship match to claim the 2016
Armed Forces crown.
NAVY SCORING SUMMARY
#9 ENS Gabe Merla (11’)
#7 PO2 Kyle Baker (89’)
MARINE CORPS SCORING SUMMARY
#5 Cpl. Kyle DeSousa (49')
Navy - None
Marine Corps - #5 Cpl. Kyle DeSousa (61'); Sgt Nicholas Grasso