It was cold. It was rainy. It was terrible field conditions. It was a UMBC squad that’s defense was torn apart my injuries. All together those four things lead to UMBC second straight loss and third of the season at Homecoming against Longwood 3-2.
The back line of the Retrievers was far from it’s usual self. Both center backs, Chris Williams and Liam Paddock were out of the game- Williams for injury, Paddock for suspension after five yellow cards. In their place were right back Vince Savarese and usual midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski purely for his 6’5″ height. On the outside Jason McCarron and Joe Green got back into the starting lineup but neither one was playing fully healthy.
But to say UMBC got outplayed would be a false statement. They got out to a quick 2-0 lead when Andrew Bulls and Levi Houapeu each scored a goal in the first 29 minutes. But just 10 minutes later Longwood tied the game with two goals of their own off Brian Germain and Harvey Headley.
The games was tied at two at intermission and the score stayed that way for the rest of regulation. In the second half UMBC had five great opportunities to put the game away but one thing or another went wrong and sent the game into a sudden victory overtime.
In that overtime Longwood knocked the ball into the far left corner of the goal for the game winner and to spoil UMBC’s homecoming.
Longwood leads the Retrievers 4-0-1 all-time in the series. UMBC is now 10-3-0 (Longwood was not a conference opponent) with a do-or-die game for both teams against Boston U on Wednesday in Boston.