Second Half Surge Leads to Lynn Men’s Soccer Victory

Second Half Surge Leads to Lynn Men’s Soccer Victory

Cleveland, Miss. – Good teams respond when it matters most and Lynn University's men's soccer team did just that, scoring two goals in a two minute span late in the second half to knock off Delta State 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.  Chris Hellmann continued his torrid scoring pace with two goals, including the game-winner, while freshman Nicolas Mortensen tallied his first career goal.  The Fighting Knights improve to 2-0 overall.

Lynn needed only eight seconds to attempt its first shot, a blast from Simon Gubisch that just missed wide.  That was the start of a shot barrage in which Delta State had no answer for.  The Blue & White out shot DSU 20-1 in the opening half but could only muster one goal.

Coming on as a substitute in the 32nd minute, Mortensen made his impact felt immediately with some quick runs on net.  It was six minutes later Oliver Powers beat his defender down the left sideline and sent a cross to the freshman forward.  The ball beat Statesmen keeper Jacob Hauenstein, allowing Mortensen to settle and finish on the open net for a 1-0 Lynn lead.

Things got physical in the second half with four yellow cards issued, including three in an eight minute span. Delta State put pressure on Lynn's back line and earned a penalty kick following a hand ball inside the box.  Daniel Deblaere then knotted the game at 1-1 with 12 minutes remaining.

The Fighting Knights were the beneficiaries of a push call inside Delta's box one minute later, with Hellmann putting away his second penalty kick attempt in as many games to put Lynn ahead 2-1.  A counter attack started by Gubisch in the 82nd minute sealed the game when Kerst Lehmann distributed a pass to Hellmann on the left wing and he beat Hauenstein low to the right post for a 3-1 advantage.

In total, Lynn out shot Delta State 34-4 and led 10-2 in corner kicks.  Goalkeeper Max Schmidt notched one save in the winning effort, compared to Hauenstein's nine stops.

Head coach John Rootes earned his 88th victory with the Fighting Knights and is vying to become just the second coach in program history with 100 wins.

Lynn is back in action on Friday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Shorter University in its home opener at Bobby Campbell Stadium for the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort Soccer Classic.  Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.