Longwood Blanks Navy Men's Soccer, 2-0
Sophomore Sam Lepley
Oct. 7, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Longwood's Brian Germain scored in the fifth minute and Chernor Diallo added an insurance goal late in the contest to give Longwood a 2-0 victory over Navy on Tuesday night on a brisk night in Annapolis. The loss drops Navy's record to 4-7-1 and the Lancers improved to 6-4-1 overall.
The Mids were forced to play catch up again, as their opponent scored in the game's first six minutes for the third straight game. Germain's goal came just 4:14 in the contest as he found some space in the box and slipped a shot inside the left post for a 1-0 Longwood advantage.
A week ago, Mount St. Mary's scored its first goal in the sixth minute in a 3-0 Mount St. Mary's victory and Lehigh scored in the first minute of last Saturday's contest.
The score remained 1-0 at halftime, but Navy turned up the heat offensively in the second half. Navy had several good chances, including a Sam Lepley (So. / Des Moines, Iowa) blast with 21 minutes left that seemed destined for the back of the goal, before Longwood keeper Joel Helmick flipped the shot aside at he last second.
Navy also had six corner kicks in the second half, including four in a span of about two minutes, that the Mids couldn't capitalize on.
Despite Navy's offensive opportunities, it was Longwood that capitalized, on a quick transition play. Chernor Diallo scored after beating the defense along the left flank and sending a shot past Nolan Grebb in the 79th minute. Grebb got a hand on the shot, but couldn't deflect the shot enough and the ball found the back of the net just inside the right post.
Navy couldn't sustain its pressure in the last 10 minutes and Longwood handed the Mids their fourth straight setback, 2-0. Over the last three games, Navy has been outscored, 8-0, and the Mids have just two goals in the last seven games in which Navy is 1-6-0. Navy started the year 3-1-1.
Navy outshot Longwood, 11-7, but both teams only had three shots on goal each. Navy drew six corner kicks to Longwood's three and the Lancers were whistled for eight fouls to Navy's seven.
Grebb made one save in goal for Navy, while Helmick stopped three shots for Longwood.
Navy will travel to the Nation's Capital on Saturday for a Patriot League battle at American, beginning at 1:00 pm.
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