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Men’s Soccer Loses to Longwood in Overtime, 3-2

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Horrible weather, poor field conditions, and injuries added up to a shocking UMBC loss against Longwood in their homecoming game. UMBC definitely outplayed Longwood but in soccer it doesn’t matter who played better, it matters who finished better and who takes advantage of their opportunities.

In the 24th minute Andrew Bulls put UMBC on the score board after he chested in a shot by Mark Lubetkin for his 15th goal of the year. Just five minutes later Levi Houapeu scored his 10th goal of the year off a rebound of a Bulls shot that was set up by Lubetkin.

But just nine minutes later the score was tied at two after Brian Germain knocked in a ball to the far left corner and two minutes later Harvey Headley tapped in the ball in front of the goal following a corner.

With the game tied at two, the teams battled hard but would not score a goal the rest of regulation. UMBC certainly had plenty of opportunities to put the game away but just could not finish. In the second half Houapeu had an open shot that hit the post, and on the rebound he knocked it high. Then on another golden opportunity Houapeu kicked the ball wide. Following that Mark Lubetkin put the ball in the net after a scramble in front of the goal, but was called off sides, which took the score off the board. Finally, Bulls had a great one-one-one opportunity against Longwood’s goalkeeper Joel Helmick, but Helmick came up with a great save to keep the game tied.

Ninety minutes proved to to be long enough to settle the game. But 94 minutes was. Just four minutes into overtime Chris Saul netted a game winning goal to spoil UMBC’s homecoming and drop them to 10-3-0.

the injuries to the defense however did play a major factor in the game. Chris Williams was out with a knee injury. Liam Paddock was suspended for the game after being tallied for five yellow card. In their place inside were right back Vince Savarese and midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski purely for his height. On the outside both Jason McCarron and Joe Green made their way back into the starting lineup but neither one was playing healthy.

Though the game did not effect their conference record, UMBC will be in a do-or-die game against Boston University on Oct. 21 in Boston.


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