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Army pulled away from Notre Dame in the second half to win 41-8 in the first round of the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. The Black Knights scored four unanswered second half tries to upend the Fighting Irish.
Jon Kim opened the scoring in the second minute with a penalty before Luke Huen found a gap to score the first try of the game. Kim converted the try to extend the lead to 10-0.
Notre Dame battled back, however, kicking a penalty and scoring a try in the 30th minute to cut the lead to 10-8. Uncharacteristically, discipline hurt West Point. Army made a number of unforced errors and saw a man sent to the sin bin.
“We did some good things in the first half to weather the wind but we were a little careless at times,” said Army coach Matt Sherman. “We never really got into a good attacking rhythm in the first half.”
The Black Knights did right the ship however, scoring a try right before halftime to make it a 17-8 game. Austin Rutledge dove over shortly before the break to give Army some momentum it would ultimately roll over into the second half.
“In the second half, I thought we did a good job in the first 20 minutes. I thought we just started to keep it simple and built an attacking rhythm. We started to play phases,” Sherman added.
Harrison Farrell gave the Black Knights a nice lift off the bench in the second half. The replacement scrumhalf scored a try and commanded the offense. Along with Andrew Fargo leading the way at center, Army went on to a convincing victory.
The home side scored four times in the second half. Jeff Malm-Annan, Sam Sutera, Farrell and Eli Brown all found pay dirt with Kim converting two of the scores.
Army will travel to Penn State for the quarterfinals of the Varsity Cup next weekend.