Army vs. Air Force
March 8, 2003
The Game Story:
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Chris Woods finished off a beautiful pass from teammate Jeff Bryan to lift No. 18 Army to an 8-7 victory in double overtime over arch-rival Air Force at Shea Stadium Saturday afternoon. Woods converted on the extra-man opportunity with 1:47 left sending the 1,083 fans at West Point into a frenzy.

Bryan tied a career-high with four assists on the day, but he saved his best for last as he found Woods all alone just to the right side of the cage and the senior co-captain ripped a laser past Air Force goalie William Arnold.

In typical rivalry fashion, the game teetered back and forth with neither side gaining more than a two-goal advantage. Air Force (1-3) scored three times in the third quarter to even the score at 5-5 heading into the fourth quarter. Both sides traded goals, with Army (2-1) answering each Falcons score with one of its own just over one minute later.

The Black Knights got the break they were looking for in the second overtime when Air Force midfielder Ray Wilson was called for pushing with 2:21 left. Army controlled possession of the ball on the restart and Bryan quickly circled behind the net where he spotted Woods open in front.

Black Knights sophomore goalkeeper Matt Darak made a career-high 15 saves, picking up his second win of the year. Arnold was impressive as well for the Falcons, stopping 19 Army attempts.

With the win, the Black Knights improved to 10-0 all-time against Air Force and finished the 2002-03 academic school year 7-2 against the Falcons in all sports.