Longwood Picks Up Big South Win on Sunday


Longwood Earns 1-0 Victory at Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Longwood University men's soccer team scored a late goal to earn a 1-0 victory at Big South Conference foe UNC Asheville (1-4-0) on Sunday afternoon. Senior Devin Pierce|Virginia Beach (Ocean Lakes) converted on a penalty kick to lead the Lancers (1-4-0) to their first win of the 2012 season. Longwood returns to action on Wednesday, September 12 when the squad hosts VMI at the Athletics Complex in Farmville, Va. at 7 p.m.

The teams traded possessions in the first half, with neither squad able to move the net through the first 45 minutes of action. After the break, Longwood and UNCA battled through over 28 minutes more minutes of play locked in a scoreless tie. The winning goal came in the 74th minute, when Pierce was awarded a penalty kick for the Lancers and fired a hard shot that found its way past the UNCA keeper.

Pierce led Longwood with four shots on the day. Freshman Zach Corcoran|Martinsville (Martinsville) tallied two shots of his own, while senior Adel Sarras|Burke (Annandale), and freshmen Rhys Cairns|Washington, England (St. Roberts of Newminster RC School) and Will Lambert|Charlottesville (Monticello) each posted one. Freshman goalkeeper Carl Carpenter|Charlottesville (St. Anne's Belfield School) turned in a complete game performance in the net for the Lancers, making four saves to earn his first career win.

The Bulldogs finished with a slight, 12-11, edge over the Lancers in shots on the day. UNCA forced seven corner kicks, compared to four for Longwood. Kenneth Lingerfelt and Paul Egle led the offensive effort for the Bulldogs with three shots apiece.

Sunday's match marked the fifth meeting between Longwood and UNC Ashville in the sport of men's soccer, and the first win for LU. The Bulldogs now lead the all-time series 3-1-1.

Hyde's Late Heroics Help Coastal to a 3-3 Draw
CONWAY - The No. 18 Coastal Carolina men's soccer team used a ferocious late-game comeback to tie Bowling Green at the end of regulation before playing to a 3-3 draw after 110 minutes of action in the final game of the annual Coastal Carolina University Invitational at the CCU Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Tie ties moves the Chanticleers to 3-1-2 (1-0-0, Big South) on the season, while Bowling Green leaves the Palmetto State with a 1-2-2 (0-0-0, Mid-American) mark. Wofford, who defeated Florida Atlantic 2-1 in the day's first contest, claimed the tournament title with a 2-0-0 record. Coastal finished as runner-up with a 1-0-1 mark followed by Bowling Green (0-1-1) and Florida Atlantic (0-2-0). Wofford's Alex Hutchins was named the tournament MVP.

Trailing 3-2 with under a minute to play in regulation, head coach Shaun Docking inserted forward Tevin Skyers into the game in an attempt to get as many offensive threats as possible on the field as possible. And the late substitution paid off 18 seconds later as midfielder Jhamie Hyde blasted the game-tying goal into the back of the net.  Hyde's first-career scoring strike followed a Robby Joe Daniels throw in from the right sideline. Daniels long throw was initially knocked away by the Bowling Green defense; however, the ball deflected directly to the foot of Hyde who uncorked his shot from near the top of the box.

Following a relatively clam first overtime period, Coastal applied their trademark offensive pressure in the second extra period resulting in several near goals. The first opportunity came after a Justin Portillo shot from the left side was saved, but not covered by the Falcon goalkeeper.  The ball trickled to the foot of Jakub Stourac who booted the ball just over the crossbar.  A minute later Rick Garbanzo nearly found the game winner with a header off a well-placed cross. Unfortunately Garbanzo's shot attempt clanked off the crossbar.

Bowling Green got the scoring started in the 12th minute of the game as Danny Baraldi launched a shot from 18 yards out to the right post on a Falcon counter attack.

Starting the second half down a goal the first time this season, the Chanticleers quickly found the equalizer nine minutes into the period off the head of Robby Joe Daniels. Henrik Robstad initiated the play with a free kick service from the left side. Daniels elevated above the Falcon defense to head home his first score of the season.

However, the Chants would again fall behind 25 seconds later as Baraldi scored his second goal of the match after an assist from Ryan James.

Senior midfielder Sean McCormick would knot the game for the second time with his first goal of the season.  This time it was Portillo, who earned all-tournament honors, with the assist on a cross in the goal box. The Bowling Green keeper was unable to hang on to Portillo's service leaving McCormick with an easy shot on the open net.

Just as they had on their first goal the Falcons took full advantage of a counter opportunity to regain the lead at 3-2 with less than 21 minutes to play. This time it was Ryan James would found the back of the Chanticleer net from nine yards away. Vlad Lekarev provided the assist on the play.

Coastal would pressure forward and unleash six more shots over the ensuing 20 minutes before Hyde's 90th-minute equalizer.

When the final horn sounded the Chanticleers held an impressive 36-11 advantage in shot, including a 13-4 margin in shots on goal, and a 9-3 edge in corner opportunities. 

Joining Portillo on the all-tournament team from Coastal were Uchenna Uzo and Ashton Bennett. Uzo played an instrumental part in along the Chanticleer backline that limited its opposition to only 16 shots over the two games. Bennett finished the tournament with a goal and nine shots with five falling on frame.

The Chanticleers will take the week to regroup before hosting Southern Conference foe Elon on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. In the sides' last meeting, Coastal defeated Elon 4-3 in a thrilling game in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

George Washington Downs Liberty, 2-0
LEXINGTON, VA. - Two goals in the second half pushed the George Washington Colonials past the Liberty Flames, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the Sculley Memorial Tournament.

With the setback, Liberty drops to 1-3 on the season.  George Washington evens their record at 2-2.

The contest started with each team having a shot attempt.  The Flames worked an attempt off the opening kickoff. Midfielder Juan Nino ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box during the first minute of play, wide right.  The Colonials' attempt came off a free kick from 20 yards out, which Liberty goalkeeper Sam Chappell stopped near the right post during the fourth minute.

In the ninth minute, midfielder Tim Harbison sent a shot towards the left corner of the goal off a corner kick, which George Washington goalkeeper J.P. van der Merwe dove and deflected away.

With play settling mainly in the midfield, Liberty midfielder Sachem Wilson pounced on a ball off a Colonial defender and ripped a shot from the top of box wide to the right during the 30th minute.

In the scoreless first half, Liberty outshot George Washington, 5-2, and led in corner kicks, 1-0.

The second half opened with Flames forward Austin Wyman moving into space on the left side of the penalty area for a shot during the 47th minute.  However, Colonial keeper van der Merwe saw the attempt off Wyman's foot and easily corralled it for a save.

In transition, Wyman again got a scoring opportunity during the 54th minute. Midfielder Juan Nino push a pass onto the forward foot on the left side of the box, which van der Merwe batted away and was cleared by the George Washington defense.

At 59:04, the Colonials netted the contest's first goal.  In transition, midfielder Ross Higgins sent a long crossing pass to the back post, which forward Seth Rudolph headed in for his first goal of the year and a 1-0 George Washington lead.

Five minutes later, Rudolph added to his team's lead.  Off a free kick from 20 yards out, the forward tucked the kick into the far right corner of the net for his second goal of the game and a 2-0 edge.

Pushing players forward, Liberty put pressure on the Colonial defense only to turned away during the 69th minute. A shot by Flames defender Greg White was blocked down by van der Merwe.  The rebound slid to Wyman, who sent an attempt towards the far post, which a George Washington defender cleared off the goal line, preventing Liberty from cutting into its deficit.

Liberty continued to press the Colonial defense, working White into the space for a shot from the top of the box during the 84th minute.  The Flames defender's shot sailed high.

In the 89th minute, midfielder Tyler Bullock lifted a shot, which was saved by van der Merwe, sealing the 2-0 Colonial win.

Liberty outshot George Washington, 12-5.  The Flames also held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-1.

Chappell made one save for Liberty, while van der Merwe recorded six saves for George Washington.

Flames midfielder Johnny Torres, defender Uriah Bentick and White were named to the all-tournament team.

Liberty next travels to Washington, D.C., for a contest with the Howard Bison.  Match time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Winthrop Men's Soccer Falls Short Against #6 Old Dominion In 3-2 Loss
NORFOLK, VA-Coming off a sluggish performance in a 3-0 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Friday, the Winthrop men's soccer team showed quick improvement but dropped a 3-2 decision at sixth-ranked Old Dominion Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 37th Annual ODU-Stihl Soccer Classic.

After being shut out on Friday, Winthrop's offense picked up the pace Sunday as it netted the first two goals Old Dominion had yielded all season. The sixth-ranked Monarchs were coming off an impressive 6-0 victory over Seton Hall on Friday, its third straight shutout to open the season.

With the match tied 1-1 in the second half, the Monarchs scored two goals about 10 minutes apart to help capture the victory. Chris Harmon broke the tie in the 78th minute when he was setup nicely by Hopkinson. ODU continued to apply the pressure and broke down the Eagles defense again in the 87th minute when Asante scored off the break as Yannick Smith and Hopkinson each assisted on the play.

Junior Mason Lavalett netted a late goal for the Eagles, which was his team-best third goal of the season.

ODU (4-0) struck first in the 24th minute when Tim Hopkinson hammered home a set up in the box from Gideon Asante. The Eagles didn't take long to even the match at 1-1 as Achille Obougou netted his first collegiate goal when Tomas Brennan's service found Obougou in the box and his shot found the back of the net in the 29th minute.

In the 33rd minute, the Monarchs nearly got the lead back as Hopkinson nearly netted his second of the game when his shot hit failed to go in off the crossbar.

Winthrop's Tom Banfield had a busy day in goal as he finished with a career-high nine saves.

The Eagles will have 10 days until their next contest as they remain on the road and take on the College of Charleston on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.

Keydets Take Tough 7-0 Loss in Sculley Tournament Finale 
LEXINGTON, Va. - After a strong outing on Friday, the Virginia Military Institute men's soccer team suffered a difficult 7-0 loss to Marshall University Sunday afternoon. The game was the conclusion of the 2012 Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament, played at Patchin Field.

Marshall (4-0-1) went undefeated in the tournament, knocking off Liberty University Friday evening 2-0. The Keydets (1-3-0) went 1-1 during the tournament, as did George Washington. Liberty dropped both its games 2-0.

The 2012 Jay Sculley Memorial All-Tournament Team consisted of Jahvon Allison (MVP) (Marshall), Tom Jackson (Marshall), Eddy Prugh (Marshall), Kyle Farmer (VMI), Max Farinholt (VMI), Kyle Forché (VMI), Jean-Pierre van der Merwe (George Washington), Tyler Ranalli (George Washington), Seth Rudolph (George Washington), Johnny Torres (Liberty), Uriah Bentick (Liberty) and Greg White (Liberty)

Marshall jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first half. Allison, the tournament's MVP found the back of the goal just four minutes in. Jackson was the only repeat scored on the day, notching the team's third and seventh goal, which came on a penalty kick. Prugh, Jack Hopkins, Matt Freeman and Andrew Ferguson each chipped in goals. Four of the Herd's goals were assited; Jackson, Allison and Freeman each logged helpers, as did Anthony Virgara and Aaron Dini.

VMI's keeper Daniel Kitchen had a tough go of it, taking the loss and only making one save.

Other than the final goal total, the Keydets and Thundering Herd played a relatively even game on paper. VMI took 17 total shots, paced by four from senior captain Kip Zechman, while Marshall tallied 19. VMI out-shot the herd 11-9 in the opening half. Marshall logged 13 corner kicks, including eight in the second half while VMI managed nine in total.

Three Keydets, Zechman, Farinholt and Aaron White, were booked with yellow cards. Cade Parton was hit with the game's first yellow just before the halftime break. VMI was whistled for five fouls while the Thundering Herd was called seven times.

VMI travels to Farmville, Va. on Wednesday night for a clash with the Big South Conference's newest arrival, Longwood University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Athletics Complex.