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Though the Army-Navy football rivalry dominates the headlines, the rivalry between the two service academies extends far beyond the gridiron. So when the Army women’s soccer team defeated Navy on Friday night, handing the Midshipmen their first conference loss of the year, it was a crowning achievement for the squad, most notably for captains like firstie Joey Molacek.
Though the home win is one of those victories the team will talk about at West Point reunions for the rest of their lives, it was only the second-most memorable thing that happened to Molacek that day. After the game, her boyfriend, Cadet Scott Vrudny, walked onto the field with a rose. With a country music love song playing over the speakers and his girlfriend’s teammates preemptively crying, Vrudny got down on one knee.
If you didn’t at least well up during that scene, then you probably don’t like puppies, sunshine or rainbows either.
Update: Scott Vrudny emailed to give us more information about his proposal.
The couple had been dating for two years, after Scott noticed Joey while passing her in a stairwell. When he decided to propose, he enlisted the help of her teammates and coaches. It didn’t hurt that it was senior night at West Point, meaning Joey’s family was in town for the game.
After the win over Navy — a team that hadn’t been scored upon in Patriot League competition — the coaches gathered the team in a circle and Vrudny walked out with his rose. The couple’s song, My Kind of Crazy by Brantley Gilbert, was playing on the PA.
When he got on one knee, Vrudny says he told his bride-to-be that he knew how important soccer was in her life. Now that the soccer chapter was closing, he asked if she wanted to start a new one with him.
“Having that clock count down to the time I had been planning on for months was so nerve wrecking,” he wrote. “I knew she would say yes, but I wanted everything to work out perfectly and for her to feel like the most special girl in the world at that moment.”