ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Lehigh's Ali Famili scored in the 72nd minute and Lehigh withstood several Navy chances late to hand the Navy men's soccer team a 2-1 setback at a chilly Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on Saturday night.
The loss ended Navy's seven-game unbeaten streak and was its first in Patriot League play. Navy now stands 5-3-3 overall and 1-1-2 in the league standings. Lehigh improved to 2-10-0 overall and 1-3-0 in league play.
"For some reason, we have lost our mojo and our momentum from a few weeks ago," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "We need to get it back quickly."
Navy made two crucial mistakes in the defensive end against the Mountain Hawks and Lehigh took advantage. In the 12th minute, Kyle Chin took advantage of a Navy turnover and sent a cross to Rylan Collins, who one-timed the pass in mid-air into the center of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Navy pressured the last 20 minutes of the half, and carried it over into the second half. Early in the stanza, on its fourth straight corner kick, Navy sophomore Joseph Greenspan(Westfield, N.J.) drew a foul in the box, resulting in a Midshipmen penalty kick. Greenspan was given the opportunity and easily slid the ball inside the right post to tie the game at 1-1 in the 48th minute. The goal was Greenspan's team-best fourth goal of the year, all coming in Patriot League play.
Navy continued to dominate possession of the ball, but made another crucial mistake with a give-away just outside the box. Collins took the ball, slipped a pass to Ali Famili, who slid a shot past Navy goalkeeper Gavin Snyder (Severna Park, Md.) inside the left post for a 2-1 lead in the 72nd minute.
Navy had several opportunities late, including a Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) header off a corner kick with 30 seconds left that sailed just high of an open net.
"We made a couple of mistakes tonight and they took advantage, plain as that," said Brandt. "We just weren't crisp tonight for some reason. Teams are starting to pressure us and we need to adjust and make them pay."
Navy outshot Lehigh, 14-10, and had nine corner kicks to Lehigh's three. Snyder stopped three shots in goal.
Navy will host UMBC on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, beginning at 7:00 PM. It will be Navy's final home non-conference game and last home game until Nov. 3 against Colgate.