WEST POINT, N.Y. - Angelo Caputi scored the game-winning goal midway through the second overtime to propel Bryant to a 1-0 victory over Army in a non-conference match on a cool and breezy Wednesday evening at Clinton Field.
Caputi headed the ball into the net following a scramble in front of Army sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Currens in the 105th minute, sending Bryant (2-2-0) to its second straight victory.
Army (0-5-0) carried the play throughout the contest, outshooting Bryant by a 20-9 margin. The Black Knights only put six of their 20 shots on goal, however, and several scoring chances went unfulfilled.
Army enjoyed the better of play in the first half as the Black Knights held a 7-2 edge in shots. Freshman forward Jakob Szabo had a quality chance midway through the opening stanza when he volleyed a shot from 10 yards out over the crossbar. Army had another golden opportunity to take the lead in the final minute of the first half, but sophomore midfielder Michael Kim's header off a cross by sophomore midfielder Arnold Chun went just wide.
Bryant's best scoring chances in the first half came early on when the Bulldogs received consecutive corner kicks. The visitors were unable to produce a shot on goal during the first 45 minutes, however.
Army turned up the heat in the second half, firing 11 shots at Bryant goalkeeper Victor Tutino. Tutino, who finished with six saves to earn the shutout for the Bulldogs, made a couple of stops on point-blank shots to keep the Black Knights off the scoreboard.
Early in the second half, Kim had a chance to score from just outside the 18-yard line, but his effort off the restart went high. Later in the frame, senior midfielder Michael Leach sent a perfect pass across to freshman midfielder T.J. Rowe, but his shot from close range was stopped by Tutino.
Army took a couple of shots in the first overtime, but the Black Knights were unable to put anything on goal. Bryant fired the only two shots of the second overtime with Caputi capitalizing with the game-winning marker midway through the period.
Army head coach Russell Payne was disappointed that the Black Knights were unable to capitalize on their chances.
"We knew this was going to be a game where we were going to get some opportunities," said Payne. We had a feeling coming in that if we were able to do the things that we wanted to do tactically, that we'd get some good chances. We had chances; we had a good shot ratio against them, but we didn't help ourselves tonight.
"Give credit to Bryant; they are a strong team and they make the most of their opportunities. There were opportunities for us to finish the game and take things into our hands a few times in both halves, but we didn't maximize those chances. I think our guys competed hard and fought their butts off, but there is a feeling in the air when you've gotten results. That's a feeling that our players haven't experienced yet. It's been a decade or more since this program has really gotten that air to them. When you're in that overtime period, that's when you have to have the most belief. Right now, that's what we need to work on."
Army continues its six-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 19, when the Black Knights host Central Florida at Clinton Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Notes: Four of Army's five losses this season have been by one-goal, including a pair of double-overtime setbacks ... Currens has started each of the last three games for the Black Knights ... tonight's contest marked the first of six straight home games for Army.