Sept. 27, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team carried play in the second half, but Longwood's Nick Surkamp scored in the 80th minute to hand the Midshipmen a 2-1 setback on a humid night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis.
The loss drops Navy to 3-4-3 overall, while Longwood improves to 4-4-1 overall. The loss snapped a three-game unbeaten (2-0-1) streak for the Midshipmen.
"We just got off to a slow start tonight and dug a hole. It was a disappointing game to lose after getting the momentum early in the second half," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We played better in the second half, but our defensive miscues led to both of their goals."
Longwood took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when Zach Crandall scored on a perfect Niels van Pelt cross after van Pelt beat his Navy defender along the goalline. Crandall easily found the back of the net as Navy keeper Aaron Dupere (So. / Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) came out to cut off van Pelt's effort.
Navy tied the game at 1-1 right out of halftime when freshman Michael Lemonick (Wynnewood, Pa.) scored on a rather unique tally. Lemonick took a big throw-in about 40 yards out that surprised Longwood goalkeeper Joel Helmick, who got a hand on the long toss, bit couldn't steer it away as it deflected into the top of the goal and Lemonick was credited with his first career goal.
Navy continued to pressure and had several good chances, including a pair by Joseph Greenspan (Fr. / Westfield, N.J.) that were turned away either by Helmick or by the Longwood defense.
Longwood then tallied the game-winning goal when Surkamp blasted a shot from 25 yards into the right corner to just beat Dupere and give the Lancers a 2-1 advantage, who were then able to run out the clock without any sustained Navy opportunity.
Navy was outshot, 12-11, but had an 8-6 advantage in the second half. The Mids drew seven corner kicks to Longwood's two and the Lancers had 17 fouls to Navy's 11. Dupere was credited with five saves in goal.
"We have had a heavy load of games, both midweek and on the weekends, and we played rather short-handed tonight because of injuries," said Brandt. "We thought we could get away with it tonight and still win. Unfortunately, it just caught up with us tonight."
Navy will host service-academy rival Army in the annual Star Game on Saturday night, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Fans that show their ticket stub from the Air Force football game played earlier that day earn free admission to Saturday night's showdown with the Black Knights.
Navy fell to 2-3-1 at home and is now just 1-3-0 against Longwood ... Navy has lost to Longwood three straight times ... Navy played without regulars Martin Sanchez and Grant Valenstein on Tuesday night, who sat out the game as a precautionary measure. Both will be back in the lineup on Saturday against Army ... Navy started one freshman, six sophomores, two juniors and two seniors on Tuesday night ... Michael Lemonick became the 10th different player to score a goal this year and the 16th different player to score a point ... Navy underclassmen have now scored 14 of Navy's 15 goals this year and scored 36 of Navy's 41 points this year.
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