November 13, 2011
Adelphi falls in ASC title match
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Top-seeded Adelphi lost to No. 2 Longwood in a penalty-kick shoot, 5-4, after playing to a scoreless draw in regulation and overtime in the Atlantic Soccer Conference championship game on Sunday.
the game was heavily one sided, favoring the Panthers (8-9-2) in shots and shots target while Longwood matched them in corners with five apeice. Adelphi had numerous opportunities to go ahead, but out of its 27 shots, which many of them were extremely close, not one found the back of the net.
Adelphi's Domenico Parrelli took the first attempt that went just high. Longwood responded with Zach Mahon, but was stopped dead in his tracks by goalkeeper Kyle Blackmer who came up with the save. Mauricio Mora and Travis Tennie were successful on their attempts while the Lancers' Devin Pierce made his, but Nick Surkamp was denied by another Blackmer save.
Enjoying a 2-1 kead, Adelphi's Dan Larenius had a chance to back the Lancers into a corner, but his attempt was just too strong and for the second time in the game, hit the post. Longwood's Brian Henry, Chris Saul and Adel Sarras converted on their attemps while Igor Lantsberg and Adam Winzimer found the back of the net as well to even the score at 4-4.
Steven Rivera was stopped by Helmick to put the pressure on Blackmer into a save or lose situation as he came up big by stopping Shane Johnson's try. Brandon Stoneham had his shot was just a knick off target allowing Vinnie Llana to give his team the win.
In the first half, two of Longwoods six shots were on target, but were stopped by Blackmer. In the 19th minute, Zack Mahon headed a ball off of a corner and, had Blackmer not get a piece of it, would have put his team ahead. But instead, his attempt deflected off the crossbar and veered out of bounds.
Surkamp, the ASC player of the year, had his chance with just under four minutes remaining when he fired a blast from 20 yards, but a save by Blackmer kept the Lancers at bay.
Adelphi had many opportunities, but could not connect. Mora landed three of his five shots on target while Omar Edwards, Parrelli and Issa Tall attempted two on goal and Brandon Stoneham and Nicholas Costa each registered one on net.
The Panthers threatened in the 54th minute when Tall streaked down the middle toward the box but was fouled, resulting in a free kick. Dan Larenius set up about 20 yards to take the kick and curved the ball around the Lancers' wall, but his attempt bounced off the right crossbar and back into play.
The Panthers outshot Longwood, 27-10. Blackmer made three saves in the loss while Helmick made nine.