FARMVILLE, VA— Several missed opportunities for a two-goal lead came back to haunt the Winthrop men’s soccer team as it gave up two goals in the final 21 minutes to fall 2-1 at Longwood, Saturday evening in Big South Conference action.
The game-winning goal came with 26 seconds left in the game as Anthony Ugorji picked up a pass that squeezed through the Eagles defense and dribbled toward goal. Once in the box, Ugorji took a shot that deflected off Winthrop’s Jon Simic as he came in for the tackle and spun around Fabian Broich and into the right corner as he tried to chase it down for the save.
Winthrop falls to 9-5-1 overall and 3-4 in the Big South while Longwood is now 6-5-3 overall and 5-1-1 in the league.
Senior Achille Obougou gave the Eagles an early lead with his ninth goal of the season in the 10th minute. The goal came after a corner kick when the ball was cleared out straight away as the ball was sent back into the box very high. Sole worked his way under it and headed the ball across the goal mouth as Obougou controlled it and ripped a shot into the back of the net. It was the fourth straight game in which he’s scored.
The game-tying goal came in the 70th minute when Christian Keilty was in the right place at the right time. Ugorji worked his way into the box and a Winthrop defender tackled the ball but in the process knocked it straight in front of the goal where Keilty placed it into the lower left corner.
Winthrop led 1-0 at the half and had a number of great opportunities for a 2-0 lead and good ones to break the tie in its favor late in the game but just couldn’t connect on its final touch.
Patrick Barnes had a good chance for a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute as he was set free down the middle of the field on a pass by Obougou. As he approached the box Longwood defenders closed in and he made a move to set up his left foot and fired a shot but it was blocked by a sliding defender and slowly rolled into the hands of Carlos Canas.
In the 58th minute, Obougou dribbled by the last Longwood defender and was headed to goal when he was grabbed from behind by the defender which took away a great chance for a one-on-one. No better chance came than in the 67th minute when Obougou worked his way down the right side and fed a ball right to Negri for a one-on-one with the goalie and his shot from eight yards away beat Carlos Canas but slipped wide of the post at the lower right corner. Obougou set up another good chance in the 78th minute when he slipped a ball to Barnes and he dribbled into the box with a free shot at goal but couldn’t keep the ball down as it sailed over the crossbar.
Sole gave a good effort in the 80th minute when he spun a defender and then hit a solid strike to the lower right corner, but Canas made a good diving save to keep the game tied. Another great chance came in the 87th minute when C.J. Miller’s cross took a small deflection off a defender and Sole biked the ball across the goal mouth where Obougou was wide open at the back post at the top of the six, but couldn’t get enough foot on the ball as the ball sailed wide.
Broich kept the Lancers off the scoreboard in the first 45 minutes of the match as he made two saves. The first came in the 14th minute as a long cross came into the box and right to an unmarked Philip Van Berkom as his header from eight yards out straight on goal was low but right at Broich, who dropped down and smothered the shot. The next came in the 40th minute as Longwood possessed the ball in the Eagles defensive third. After a few passes in the middle of the field, the ball was played straight away from goal to Van Berkom as he ran on and cracked a 20-yard shot that was turned away by Broich on a full extension dive.
Broich finished the game with two saves as did his counterpart Canas. Longwood finished with an 11-9 advantage in shots.
Winthrop will remain on the road for its next contest as it travels to Boiling Springs, NC on Wednesday, Oct. 30 to take on Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.