Men's Soccer Falls to Army, 2-1 in Overtime
Sept. 8, 2003
The Siena men's soccer team fell to Army 2-1 in overtime on Monday night in front of approximately 300 spectators at Clinton Field. It was the second-straight win for Army, whose record now stands at 2-1, their best mark at this stage in the season since 2000. The Saints fall to 0-2 on the 2003 season with the loss.
Army senior defender Todd Severson headed in a David Yu corner kick at the 91:23 mark to give the Black Knights back-to-back overtime wins. The Severson goal came less than five minutes after senior forward Chris DeFiori tied the game at 1-1 with a goal at the 87:42 mark.
Army and Siena played a competitive first half as both teams had several scoring opportunities. Just before halftime, T.J. Helly put the Saints ahead 1-0 when he headed in a corner kick off the foot of Jeff Lewis at the 44:04 mark.
It seemed like that lead was going to hold up until Army's furious rally in the final three minutes and overtime.
"The character of Army athletes is that they don't quit," said Army head coach Kurt Swanbeck. "As long as we can stay in the game and keep it close, I always tell the guys that we have a chance. We came out and won the end of the game over a very good soccer team."
Once again, junior goalie Matt Wesmiller was strong in net, turning away four shots. Siena keeper Patrick Henry also had four saves in the cage.
The Saints will return to action on Saturday, September 13 when they host Capital Region neighbor Albany. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.